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Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette Paperback – January 12, 2017
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About the Author
Killian B. Brewer lives in his life-long home of Georgia with his partner and their dog. He has written poetry and short fiction since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Brewer earned a BA in English and does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry. He has a love of greasy diner food that borders on obsessive. Lunch with the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette is his second novel. His first novel, The Rules of Ever After, is available from Duet Books, an imprint of Interlude Press.
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Marcus Sumter is on the run, but this time he has a place in mind. Marathon, Georgia, is a small town with not much going on; but it might have the key to Marcus’s freedom.
This wry, cozy, very southern story is all about the search for belonging when you’ve been raised not to belong anywhere. The trick that Kilian Brewer has pulled off so neatly here is to present a bit of small-town America at its best—welcoming, accepting, irritating. Marathon is full of quirky characters and interfering old ladies. But, most importantly, it is full of the milk of human kindness, which is something of which Marcus has had precious little experience in his relatively short life.
Clearly the author writes from his own experience and his own heart, and we can only believe in his rosy vision of life in a small Georgia town. There is nothing really surprising in this romantic folk tale, but it warms us and enfolds us its embrace. How can one resist?
Marcus was dealt a pretty crappy hand in life. He is pretty sweet and seems to flourish in the small town where there is lots of love to give. I loved Hank who was perfect for him, they worked well together because they understand each other and they seem to need each other.
Marcus grew up on the go, never settling down for long with his mother. Once she had dated all the available men in the little town she chose to stop in, she'd leave her job and run out during the middle of the night with Marcus to the next adventure. Until Marcus was 18, and then she decided she decided to move on without him. Marcus did what he was raised to do, he got a job as a short order cook and lived his life. But, in repeating his mother's behaviors, he looked for love and stability with the wrong kind of man and when he received a letter from his unknown grandmother's attorney, he decided to get away from his life and head to the small town. He's not in the town long and finds himself in the hospital with a head injury and a wrecked car. When he wakes up in the hospital, he finds himself wheeled out and left on the curb and told someone would be along to pick him up. And so begins a town and people unlike anything Marcus has ever experienced.
With the encouragement from his grandmother's friends, Marcus decides to stay in her house while he settles her estate and sells the house. His grandmother's friends are called the Do Nothings, and through them Marcus is taught about his grandmother and nurtured like he's never been before. Even though he'd prefer to get out of town and on the road, the Do Nothings are unwilling to just let him leave. This group of women are funny, sassy, smart, gossipy, whirlwinds of love that refuse to let Marcus just walk away. His grandmother's dying wish to her friends was that Marcus found happiness, and that is exactly what the Do Nothings are going to do. And, the benefit to Marcus growing up the way he did, he really is laid back and easy going. I don't think many young men are going to deal with the antics of these women but he just goes along with it and learns to embrace their behaviors.
Marcus ends up working as a cook for one of the Do Nothings, which allows him to do what he loves. Though he dreams of being professionally trained, his heart is in the kitchen of the diner where he can cook food for those around him. The Do Nothings also decide they need to find him a boyfriend and set about introducing him to any available man in their town, regardless of them being gay or not. For such a small town, they really are an open-minded, supportive community. Marcus isn't interested in any of the men, but there's someone who's caught his eye and when Marcus finds out he's gay, he doesn't keep his interest to himself. And, Marcus finds himself at the point where decisions have to be made and he has to realize that maybe once he stops and looks around, he already has everything he could want.
This book is Marcus' POV and is about his journey to find himself, and yes, there is a romantic interest but that comes later in the story and is really just a small part of this book with no on page sex. I had a hard time putting this book down once I started reading, it sucked me in from the very first page of the Prologue. The characters and town in this story were so well developed, and I fell in love with them. The Do Nothing ladies were a riot and made me laugh out loud many times! Each woman was such a character and they truly helped to make this story so fantastic. They're full of inappropriateness and I absolutely loved Hank's interactions with them at the end of the book. This is a must read book, and was such a delightful surprise!
Rating: 5+++ stars!!!