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The Book of Polly

Kathy Hepinstall

With a kick like the best hot sauce, this is the laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother "If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher conference, Polly is the gal for you. Delicious." --Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors-and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It's just her and bigger-than-life Polly. Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past? The Book of Polly has a great blend of humor and sadness, pathos and hilarity. This is a bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family and you'll come to know one of the most unforgettable mother-daughter duos you've ever met. From the Hardcover edition.

With a kick like the best hot sauce, this is the laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother "If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher conference, Polly is the gal for you. Delicious." --Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors-and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It's just her and bigger-than-life Polly. Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past? The Book of Polly has a great blend of humor and sadness, pathos and hilarity. This is a bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family and you'll come to know one of the most unforgettable mother-daughter duos you've ever met. From the Hardcover edition.
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With a kick like the best hot sauce, this is the laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother "If you ever pined for a mother who would take a hunting falcon as her wingman to a parent-teacher conference, Polly is the gal for you. Delicious." --Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors-and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow's father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It's just her and bigger-than-life Polly. Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly's life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past? The Book of Polly has a great blend of humor and sadness, pathos and hilarity. This is a bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family and you'll come to know one of the most unforgettable mother-daughter duos you've ever met. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jenna Lamia

Length:

9h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:15


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:38


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:37


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:54


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:11


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:35


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:07


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:35


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

00:32