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Book Review: Moon Pies and Movie Stars

By Sandy Amazeen Aug 3, 2008, 5:35 GMT

Book Review: Moon Pies and Movie Stars

A feisty Texas momma takes on Hollywood in this “funny and engaging” (Los Angeles Times) debut novel Ruby Kincaid has her hands full running her bowling alley, wrangling her pistol of a sister Loralva, and chasing after two grandchildren abandoned by her daughter Violet. When she sees Violet in a TV commercial, Ruby vows: it’s Hollywood or bust—and packs up the Winnebago to fetch her wayward daughter. Along for the ...more

Ruby Kincaid keeps busy running her bowling alley, raising two grandkids and listening to the assorted tangents of sister Loralva or mother-in-law Imogene Davidson. She constantly wonders what happened to daughter Violet who walked away from her husband Harley and two children four years ago without so much as a backward glance. Violets children, daughter Bunny and older son Bubbie are understandably confused by their mothers abandonment and although their father Harley tries to include them in his life, there just never seems to be enough time to properly bond with them.

When Violet shows up on a television commercial, it set the entire population of Devine, Texas aflame in a wash of conjecture and gossip. Loralva is determined to become a contestant on a game show, Ruby is equally determined to drive to Hollywood and track Violet down and meddlesome Imogene isnt about to let the opportunity to outshine her in-laws slip through her fingers. Ruby packs up the kids, Loralva and Imogene in the Winnebago and heads west on a quest to reunite the family that culminates at the only LA gas station selling Moon Pies.

In addition to being a moving testament to the strength of love, Wallens debut novel is a slow, sweet road trip packed with off beat observations. Filled with fully developed, engaging characters that delight and frustrate much like real family members, this captivating tale hints at better times ahead as Ruby comes to terms with Violets choices and moves on.

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