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In Thebo's ambitious debut romance, Lottie Dougal, born and raised in Eudora, Kans., runs a stationery store in town and dispenses herbal remedies after hours. Newcomer James Emery is the town physician, and the townsfolk watch the pair's immediate courting behavior in fascination. Meanwhile, the number of Mexican workers at the nearby troubled quarry keeps rising, but the population remains invisible to the white locals. By the novel's halfway point, the idyll is shattered: James and Lottie's romance is imperiled, and the quarry's travails draw the town into an ugly confrontation whose focal points are Mexican-American banker Hector Rodriguez and us-against-them janitor Barney Lewis. Thebo is a skilled storyteller—her characters are carefully drawn, and their interactions sparkle—but the novel's conventional romance runs on a different track than its social realist conflict. The two never fall fully into line, despite the liberal doses of humor Thebo injects throughout. (Sept.)
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Timing in life is everything. Just ask Lottie Douglas, Eudora, Kansas' most beloved and beguiling shopkeeper-cum-herbalist. No sooner does she concoct a little love potion to help spur Jim Emery, the new town doctor, into proposing to her at long last then he goes out of town on a family emergency and returns with a new wife—a faux pas that earns him the town's collective ire. As Lottie tends her broken heart, Eudora finds itself in the throes of an economic and social crisis that threatens to wipe the smiles off the faces of its otherwise cheerful citizens, and the town itself off the face of the earth. Readers learn of these trials and tribulations through the winsome voice of its offstage narrator, an engaging guide for an enchanting roller-coaster tour of this quintessentially charming small town, where everybody knows your name, business, shoe size, and what you had for breakfast. Beneath Thebo's frolicking, feel-good tale, however, lies sharp social commentary. Haggas, Carol

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345492196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345492197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,709,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mimi Thebo is a writer for young people and adults. She has been a cowgirl, copywriter and cocktail waitress, but is now Senior Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Mimi began writing seriously after doing an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa. Since then, she has had six books published in six years and has completed her PhD in Creative Writing. One of Mimi's children's books, Wipe Out, was made into a film by the BBC and won a BAFTA for the adaptation by Barbara Cox. She has had many stories and poems published and anthologised and her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four, published in seven languages, and illustrated in light against the Shell Building on London's South Bank.

Mimi's hometown is Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives in a small market town between Bath and Bristol in Somerset, England. Home is a tiny stone terrace house with her husband of 23 years, Andy Wadsworth, their daughter Libby Jo and their cat Dotty. Mimi likes to commute to university on her electric bicycle and garden.

Mimi keeps in close contact with the Midwest through her friends and large extended family, many of whom contribute stories or information that finds its way into 'Eudora'.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rabid Reader on August 26, 2007
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I just finished reading this book and I am heartily sorry to have set it down. It was wonderfully written, with well-drawn characters and a most interesting narrative "voice." Usually a narrative voice--in the 3rd person--is fairly omniscient and hasn't much of a personality, but this is not the case with this novel's "voice" --it breaks the reader/book wall several times, certainly has opinions (archly expressed) and seems not to have access to everything that transpires, only the best bits, as though it were itself a nosey Eudora neighbor. The narrative voice makes this novel what it is--downright funny, especially for those of us blessed/cursed enough to have grown up or be living in Eudoras of our own. I hope Thebo continues to write about the daily lives of interesting characters--can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on August 7, 2007
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Lottie Dougal was raised in Eudora, Kansas, and is now the local stationer. Dr. James Emery is her boyfriend, who she expected to produce an engagement ring. When it did not happen, Lottie went to her famous herbal remedies to seek out a love spell. However, the spell backfires. James chooses Angela Requena to pop the question to.

At the same time there is some trouble in the Hispanic population. They are the majority of workers in the local quarry field and it is headed to bankruptcy. A lot of legal legwork begins.

**** This, of course, is not all that is going on. Author Mimi Thebo is well known for taking some complex plots and sub-plots, adding in some modern day problems, and then blending it all up with some very humorous sections. This story had me grinning often as I watched the small town soap opera play out. Recommended! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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By mbg_bookworm on November 13, 2007
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I was expecting a conventional romance novel, instead I found much more! This was a wonderful little gem full of likeable people and americana. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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