The Book: The Paragraph Ranch, by Kay Ellington
The Blurb: EVERY WRITER KNOWS YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident. Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the “A-team” in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter — Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that. With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.
The Babble: The Paragraph Ranch felt like coming home to me, complete with well-described west Texas setting, the family homestead set in the middle of a cotton field and the dying small town full of engaging, relatable characters. Each of the authors storylines –Dee and Mama, Dee and Abby, Dee and G. H. Templeton, the mystery of the green pickup and Teresa’s story- hooked me and woven together formed a charming, gentle story about family, community and the true meaning of home. The truth is you CAN go home again, it just ain’t always fun. Lucky for me this time it was.
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