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Overview A young, unprepared mother and her dutiful Christian teenage daughter grow up together in this richly written, lighthearted drama of surprises.
En route to college in the summer of 1975, sensible seventeen-year-old Amy gets stuck in smalltown Colorado when the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe driven by her insufferable tiara-toting mom, Francie--former Queen of the Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Corn Festival--surrenders to a mortally wounded transmission.
It doesn't take long to realize that thirty-three-year-old Francie is out of money and in no hurry to let go of her daughter, so the two unpack indefinitely. Amy finds work at a funeral home, a place where her unlikely Christian faith can work itself out among the town's young and old, geeks and jocks, hippies and clergy alike.
Trying not to judge her mom's serial boyfriend escapades, Amy ends up in a tragic love triangle herself which gives both mother and daughter the chance to do some real growing up. But in a surprise twist, their road to healing still has many miles to go in 2008 as they travel back to Sleepy Eye in that old '58 coupe. Endorsements: ""The Queen of Sleepy Eye" is written with exquisite depth of character . . . a fantastic story." --Hannah Alexander, author of the Hideaway series "Few stories are able to balance both the crushing cost of sin and the transforming power of grace. "The Queen of Sleepy Eye" succeeds brilliantly. The author invites us on a journey with complex characters so real that we cry when they fail and rejoice when they reveal brilliant glimpses of God at work in their hearts. Patti Hill crafts each word with beauty and artistry, enhancing this poignant tale of regret and redemption." --Sharon Hinck, author of "Symphony of Secrets" and "Renovating Becky Miller" "This book captured me from the first page In every way, it's a keeper--from the eloquent writing to the rich cast of characters that breathe life into this coming-of-age tale. But it's more than just a story about growing up; it's about life and loss, love and forgiveness, and discovering that there is more to the world than what we see. You'll love "The Queen of Sleepy Eye" " --Susan May Warren, author of "Taming Rafe" "Quirky yet powerfully emotional. Amy's mother is outrageous, but it is also poignant how her daughter strives to understand her. This novel is a gem for all women's fiction lovers " --Camy Tang, author of "Only Uni" and "Single Sashimi"
Citations And Professional Reviews The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 60
Library Journal - 09/01/2008 page 110
Romantic Times - 10/01/2008 page 70
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Studio: B&H Fiction
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805447504 ISBN13 9780805447507
Availability 0 units.
More About Patti Hill
Patti Hill's debut novel, Like a Watered Garden, was called "intriguing" and "fresh" by Publisher's Weekly. Her other novels include The Queen of Sleepy Eye, Seeing Things, and Goodness and Mercy. Her novels have been finalists for the Christy Award and the ALA Book of the Year. She lives in Colorado where she writes stories of everyday magic.
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The Queen of Sleepy Eye Feb 23, 2010
The Queen of Sleepy Eye begins with Amy and her mother searching for her mom's 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe. Amy's mom had sold the car many years before. In the course of trying to find the car Amy's mother reveals that she had stolen the car from Amy's father. The problem though is that her mother also reveals that Amy's father is not dead like Amy has been told all of her life. But he is alive and well still living in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Her mother is bent on returning the car to Amy's father~the man her mother never married.
Switch to the past. Amy and her mother are on their way to take Amy to California to college. Their car breaks down in Cordial Colorado. Amy finds herself working and living in a mortuary. Throughout the summer in Cordial Amy learns a few life lessons. She finds a friend in H one of the local boys. She befriends a group of hippies. Amy is a "good girl" and works hard at maintaining that image. During the summer so many of her values and morals are challenged. Through the death of her friend H and a mistake that she makes, her faith in God is rocked. By the end of summer much spiritual growth has occurred. Her mother is determined to get her to California to college. She sells the Bonneville for money to make the trip.
Switch back to the present. Amy and her mother arrive in Sleepy Eye with the Bonneville. Turns out the police have been watching for that car for years. They are stopped on the way into town. Amy is able to meet her real father and they are able to return the car to it's rightful owner.
The Queen of Sleepy Eye was at times entertaining and then at times frustrating. Amy's "holier than thou" attitude was frustrating when we as the reader could see her flirting with sexual situations. The mother/daughter relationship was very disfunctional. The characters were engaging though and there were a couple humorous parts. By the time the story ended I was wanting more information between what happened at the end of the summer and the present.
Read: June 2009 Sep 19, 2009
Another book having to do with funeral homes. I had no idea about this one being so.
The beginning of the book is found hard to follow but once you get the hang of it, it becomes somewhat easier to adjust to the different time periods.
Amy's mother is very self-centered and uses people to her advantage. Especially Amy which she can do with ease since Amy is her obedient daughter. Amy and her mother are driving to California so that Amy can attend college there. Her mom plans on moving out there with her. On the way, the car breaks down and what was suppose to be a temporary stay until the vehicle was repaired, ends up being a much longer stay. Very early on in Cordial, Colorado her mother finds them a home to live in, in exchange for keeping it tidy. She, however, fails to mention that the home is a funeral home. Part of the live-in deal is to be there for viewings (of the deceased), which Amy's mother easily finagles her way out of by pawning off the job to Amy as well as seeing to it that Amy is there at the times when the owner is away -- another rule of the owner -- that someone is always there when she is away.
Although there are many quirky characters, they are all too real. From the pew hen who makes excuses for being at the liquor store to the many hippies who smoke weed, they are all generously brought to life. You have to love Leoti who tells Amy that she has to keep her girlish figure while Amy is thinking "Hmph, Her breasts overlap her belt. Did she just say 'girlish shape?'
One person desperately wants to fit in with the populars. A mother is frantic over her daughter's ill health. There's a senseless death and deaths of the elderly.
I would perhaps have given this a 2 1/2 stars if that were possible.
LOVED IT! Sep 6, 2009
I love the realistic relationships in this book, and the issues com[pounding their lives. I have gifted several copies of this book to mothers with teenage daughters, and to older teenage girls. Everyone of them has thanked me and are looking for more books like this. (Great job, Patti Hill, and I hope to read more of you soon!)
Fun, Nostalgic, Pure Delight Mar 8, 2009
I loved this story of a seventies-era daughter obliged to parent her wayward mother just when it was time for her to forge a life of her own. Patti Hill has written a tender story full of laughter and wisdom. Prepare to be enchanted.
The Queen of a Believeble Unbelieveable Story! Mar 3, 2009
Patti Hill is such a fun writer. She describes outrageous situations and makes them entirely believable. The emotions of all the characters are totally authentic. The writing is so poignant that it brings tears, then turns around and makes me laugh out loud (waking up my husband!). I'm still telling my friends about my favorite part: Each time Amy's loose-moraled mother has a date with a new man, she asks Amy to entertain her gentleman caller while she "finishes dressing". Amy plops down on the couch beside each man and says, "Is Jesus Christ Your Lord and Savior"? What a hoot! This is definitely "Christian fiction" but escapes the bland and preachy attitude other authors fall into. The quirky characters are wonderful and beautifully illustrated. Poignant, funny and quirky -- a great combination!