Hilariously on the mark, Ms. Smith's novel of life in a small southern town is the perfect combination of wit and touching sentiment. Small-town corruption, racism, and a sense of community are superbly meshed in this one-of-a-kind feel-good read.

Linwood "Lin" Scott comes home to Mimosa Branch, Georgia after her husband of 30 years cleans out their bank account and becomes engaged to a twenty-something stripper. Alone and without funds after her divorce, Lin moves into the family home with her 80-year-old mother, her blustering father, delusional uncle and silently suffering aunt.

Though expecting to encounter difficulties with her eccentric family, Lin finds that her life's lessons only serve to bring them closer. When she finds a job at the local drugstore and attracts the attention of her neighbor and pharmacist, Grant, some soul searching is definitely in order.

(Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick