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Pie Town: A Novel Paperback – June 7, 2011
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“A feel-good tale....Heartfelt.” (Kirkus Reviews on Pie Town)
“[A] feel-good storyone 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. . . .
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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.
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.
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.
The story centers on Father George, Trish, and Alex, an 11-year-old wheelchair-bound boy with his very own guardian angel. Alex's mother, a drug abuser, has run off to leave her son to be raised by his grandfather, the local sheriff, and just about everyone else in Pie Town. It is a heartwarming story told in an easy, conversational way.
Stories from New Mexico nearly always revolve around the slightly mystical, and PIE TOWN doesn't stray far from the magical realism theme. They don't print billboards and license plates with "New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment" for no reason.
That same sign for Pie Town, perched on the Continental Divide in the middle of nowhere, captured Lynne Hinton's imagination as it did mine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title and cover are the best part of this book. The premise of mixed cultures in a small town setting had led me to high expectations that were never met in this quite... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Carlson
loved the book.... so far my favorite one of Lynne Hinton's booksPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lynne Hinton is the rare author that blends a touch of spiritual awareness along with solid characterizations and storytelling. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dana Taylor
I can't begin to express how much I enjoyed this book and the sequel to it, Welcome Back to Pie Town. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Stein
I have traveled through Pie Town, N.M. several time and bought the best blueberry pie there! Because I was familiar with the town, I wanted to read the book and find out more about... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the book! I'm looking forward to more from Lynne Hinton.Published 10 months ago by Susan Cottrell
I enjoyed this book. It was quite different than what I have recently come across.
Original, thought provoking and unique.
I do recommend!
This was not what I was expecting at all, I thought it was a true story about Pie Town, New Mexico..but it wasn't... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mona Roberts