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The Corner Booth Chronicles: A Novelby Mimi Thebo
Synopses & Reviews
EUDORA IS A SMALL TOWN WHERE SECRETS SIMPLY DON’T EXIST, THANKS TO NOSY NEIGHBORS AND LIGHTNING-FAST GOSSIP.
As summer descends on Eudora, tempers rise with the scorching sun. The romance of Janey Lane and Mark Ramirez is a perfect example of how the town has resolved its racial tensions, but misunderstandings (compounded by a late-night discovery of beautiful Kylie Requena in Mark’s living room) lead Janey and Mark to call it off. And theirs is not the only split. Patti and Phil Walker, with three mischievous boys and another baby on the way, have not been seen together in weeks. Now Phil has moved in with Chuck from the Beer and Bowl, and the two seem to be plotting something with retiring wheat farmer Jim Evans. It’s suspected that Jim Flory (the town’s confirmed bachelor) might be in on it, but nobody’s sure what “it” might be.
The over-the-hedge talk ignites as Mark fumbles his attempt to re-woo Janey (honestly, a ring and a wedding date would have sealed the deal). Toss in mounting pressure on the farming community, political conflicts (local and beyond), some strange crops growing in a certain backyard, and even more babies–now that herbalist and part-time spell maker Lottie, who is conspiring to save Patti’s and Janey’s romances, is herself pregnant–and Eudora must take collective cover as sparks fly.
Happily, the town is quick to forgive its all-too-human citizenry, as profound questions of existence take comic and heartfelt turns in a place where nothing much ever happens–except life.
In a small town where secrets simply don’t exist, thanks to nosy neighbors and greased lightning gossip, the truth may be found in the corner booth of the diner on Main Street
Nothing ever happens in Eudora and that’s the way this small town, surrounded by oil, wheat, and cattle, likes it—Eudorans are allergic to innovation. But when a former resident publishes a novel with characters based on a number of townspeople, it prompts an unforeseen interest in contemporary literature. Suddenly, there are a whole lot of new ideas in town—not all of them good. As long-standing allegiances are challenged, rivalries grow, romance blooms, and the war in Iraq reaches the small town, Eudora will never be the same.
About the Author
MIMI THEBO, an American of Cajun descent, is from Lawrence, Kansas. She now lives with her husband and daughter in Somerset, England, where she is a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University. She has worked as a copywriter, a cowgirl, and a waitress, and now holds one of the first Ph.D.s in creative writing.
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