Monday, January 4, 2010

#BookReview: Mossy Creek


I've finally found a series to tied me over while Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, works on her next book. Fans of small town humor will adore the Mossy Creek series. I downloaded the first book in the series because it was free from Amazon.com. Normally it takes me forever to read an ebook, but the short stories were so entertaining that I breezed right through.

Billed as a small, southern town, Mossy Creek could be Anywhere, USA. The result of a collaboration of several authors, Mossy Creek is full of characters with distinct personalities. From the over the top mayor, Big Miss Ida, who starts the book off by shooting down the new sign her nephew, the governor, has just installed at the entrance to Mossy Creek to Bob, the anxious chihuahua that takes flight when an injured hawk mistakes him for a rat and takes him on a magic carpet ride, this book is simply hilarious.

You'll also meet Casey, a former softball standout with Olympic dreams, now confined to a wheelchair; and an 80 year old kleptomaniac who steals everything from tiaras to wedding dresses. In addition to the day to day lives of the characters, there's also the ongoing rivalry with Bigelow, where the well-to-do, including the mayor's hoity toity sister (and mother of the governor) live.

It's stories like these that make me long for small town living, but only if characters like the ones I've been introduced to in this book reside there. I'm already looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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