This book was one I started reading during our somewhat recent flight, on our annual trip to NC. It seemed fitting, going to the south, and this story being one of sweet southern poetry.
And by "sweet southern poetry", I of course don't mean actual poetry, no no. What I mean is that's how this book flowed. Slow and sweet like honey on a warm southern day. Set in South Carolina in 1964, first and foremost - Little Lily Owens, you're going to like her right away. A young girl with a terrible father, and a depressing past, who, without even realizing it...Creates a road to her own destiny by discovering everything she ever wanted to know about her past. She's so much stronger than she realizes and you'll find yourself cheering her on right up to the last line of the last page. Aside from Lily, you'll meet three very important sisters in this story who you're going to love just as much. This book is a great reminder of how one single act in life can alter your path forever. And how one small alteration can be all you need, even if you don't see it clearly at first.
My favorite line of the entire book on the topic of finding relief, went a little something like this -
"The world will give you that once in a while, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life."