THE CROSSROADS CAFE
There is a haunting and beautiful rhythm to Smith's storytelling that paints beautiful pictures and characters. Her evocative stories wrap themselves around you emotionally, delivering joy and sorrow. Told from the perspective of both hero and heroine, this novel charts their damaged emotional states and rings amazingly true. Truly a great treasure, Smith's wisdom and emotional resonance are astounding.
By chance, Thomas has been holed up in aptly named Crossroads, N.C., and, despite himself, has become friends with the ebullient Delta Whittlespoon, who runs the Crossroads Cafe. When Delta learns about the plight of Cathryn, a distant cousin, she manipulates Thomas into helping her contact Cathryn with an offer of support. Can two severely damaged souls find solace in a community and in each other? (BELLEBOOKS, Aug., 398 pp., $16.95)