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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062045083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062045089
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Hinton has an excellent sense of Southwestern rhythms and cadence.” (Publishers Weekly on Pie Town)

“A feel-good tale....Heartfelt.” (Kirkus Reviews on Pie Town)

“[A] feel-good story—one that will be enjoyed by readers of Jan Karon and Nicholas Sparks.” (Booklist on Pie Town)

“Reading Hinton’s light, quickly moving prose feels like sitting down to catch up with an old friend over coffee.” (New Mexico Magazine on Pie Town)

“Warm, poignant and moving....A lovely book.” (The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC) on Pie Town)

“Lynne Hinton deftly pens an uplifting tale of hope, faith, and community.” (Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The Welcome Home Garden Club on Pie Town)

From the Back Cover

Pie Town, New Mexico, was once legendary for its extraordinary pies. But it's been a while since these delectable desserts graced the counter at the local diner. The townspeople—a hearty mix of Anglos, Hispanics, and Native Americans—like to think of themselves as family, especially when it comes to caring for Alex, a disabled little boy being raised by his grandparents. But, unforeseen by all, Pie Town's fortunes are about to take a major turn—due to the arrival of a new priest, Father George Morris, who seems woefully unprepared for his first assignment, and the young hitchhiker Trina, who some townsfolk just know is trouble. . . .


More About the Author

A retreat leader and writing teacher, Lynne Hinton is the author of numerous novels including Pie Town, Wedding Cake, Christmas Cake, Friendship Cake, Hope Springs, and Forever Friends. She also writes a mystery series under the name Jackie Lynn. She lives in New Mexico.

Customer Reviews

A very touching story.
Ruby Crystal
And that is not a good thing for a story that SAYS that Alex is basically the pivotal character of the book.
Leaf
A cast of mouth watering pies is an added treat."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By McGuffy Ann Morris on July 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Based on an actual place, Lynne Hinton creates another small town of wonderful characters that live in a unique area of the South-Western United States.

Pie Town is a small desert town inhabited by a variety of people and cultures: Anglo, Hispanic and Native American. They live and support each other as community and as family, as well.

Longtime residents, being close and very traditional, find it hard to accept and adapt to a new priest. In fact, takes a little handicapped boy to convince the town to accept Father Morris. Inevitably a tragedy strikes, compromising the calm, close community with pointing fingers and placing blame.

Lynne Hinton does well to pull the three cultures in Pie Town together to present a portrait of small town New Mexico. It is both an enjoyable and entertaining novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookManBookWoman TV REVIEWS on July 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Lynne Hinton, the author of Friendship Cake series starts another wonderful addition of books with Pie Town which takes place in New Mexico. Pie Town is a quirky small town of Hispanics, Native Americans and Anglos. Hinton has a wonderful cast of characters that charm the readers as they struggle with issues of prejudice, faith and just getting along. A cast of mouth watering pies is an added treat."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By librarianshannon on September 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing a review.

When I read the back cover of this, I immediately categorized it as "fluff." Fluff is the genre of Fannie Flagg and romance, dime store mysteries and bargain books. Fluff is full of impossibly perfect characters in charming small towns where it's so obvious but somehow no one figures it out until the feel-good end chapter.

But, after a hard week at work, I wanted nothing more than fluff. I picked up Pie Town and, now I'm admitting this publicly, enjoyed it thoroughly.

Pie Town, New Mexico has a diner that doesn't serve pie, a disabled boy that's more wise than the oldest resident, a new priest who finds relief by hiding from others in churches, and a weary hitchhiker named Trina who is more attitude than this town has ever experienced.

Pie Town and its author aren't as polished as Whistle Stop Cafe and its fried green tomatoes, but it's a good read and a nice beginning to an expected series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pie Town, New Mexico is a small melting pot in which resides three races intermingling as if everyone is family; this is especially so in support of wheelchair bound young Alex who suffers from spina bifida while his grandparents raise him.

One thing the locals detest is change as tradition means a lot to the residents. Thus the townsfolk do not greet their new parish priest Father George Morris with friendship; especially since he brought a hitchhiking female Trina with him. However when Alex openly welcomes them, the townsfolk consider him a barometer of people do like wise. The welcome mat is removed when tragedy strikes that even an angel could not prevent; as the townsfolk hold Trina culpable.

This is an engaging look at the three predominant subcultures that make New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. The lead triangle plus Alex's grandfather the sheriff are solid protagonists but the plot is thin and the direction straighter than the Bonneville Salt Flats. Still fans will enjoy Lynn Hinton's whimsical slice of life in the Southwest.

Harriet Klausner
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I am religious, so I should have connected to this book more, right? Well, apart from some nice emphasis on a character-driven story, it failed to grip me. I liked how we learned that Father George and Trina were sort of "unreliable narrators" when we find out something they refuse to bring up. Other than that, I couldn't care less about Alex, who was supposed to be so adored by Pie Town, that his impending death never left me feeling anything thing but, "meh." Really, had this book tried to cover more about Alex, why he is so loved by his ENTIRE FREAKING TOWN,-all we know is that he is kind and young and has a disease, and trust me I felt bad about that, it sucks. Yet, I couldn't find anything under that to make me care. And that is not a good thing for a story that SAYS that Alex is basically the pivotal character of the book. That us readers will fall in love with this poor guy and cry our eyes out when his disease finally takes him....yet I didn't feel much at all but, "Oh, he died?"
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By Maine reader on January 15, 2014
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This book was very different. It offered a great picture of small towns, people and what life offers. Some unexpected turns kept it interesting.
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By Hungry for words on January 11, 2014
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So glad I added this story to my Kindle library. The characters were so richly developed, and the story grabbed me right off the bat. It was a story that was so true to life. Each character had flaws and/or secrets, or struggles they were dealing with which affected their interactions with the other characters. Great Read! I highly recommend this book. Gonna buy & start reading the sequel! Can't wait to see how the author develops the next installment!
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Very well written novel. It grabs you from the very beginning, very relaxed and enjoyable writing style. Interesting story line.
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