"Billie Letts' novels" Oklahoma Favorite Tip by 78Eva

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Favorite thing: Ok, I have not been to Oklahoma yet. But I want to in the future. I just wanted to point out to people that look Oklahoma up - and who like to read - that there are two little novels that are set in Oklahoma.
They are "Where the heart is" and "The Honk and Holler opening soon", both by Billie Letts who is from Oklahoma.
Both novels are set in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, and deal with small-town people, strange characters, hardship, funny little incidents etc.
"Where the heart is" is about a pregnant seventeen-year-old teenager who happens to end up in Oklahoma by chance. She has her baby in a Wal-Mart and later becomes a citizen - and very fond of - Sequoyah.
"The Honk and Holler opening soon" is about a little, run-down cafe in Sequoyah. The owner is a thirty-something Vietnam returnee who is in a wheelchair. There are a lot of quirky characters also here.
A young American-Indian girl happens to end up in the cafe as a waitress bringing some life into it again.
Ok, the novels might not be Nobel-Prize winning literature and I'm not sure in how far they really represent Oklahoma. However, they are fun and written in a warm, touching way. Not as good as Annie Proulx's books about strange little places in America, but definitely a fun read!

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2004
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