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~E-PUB ♪ The Honk and Holler Opening Soon ☪ Caney Paxton Wanted His Cafe To Have The Biggest And Brightest Sign In Eastern Oklahoma The Opening Soon Part Was Supposed To Be Just A Removable, Painted Notice But A Fateful Misunderstanding Gave Vietnam Vet Caney The Flashiest Joke In The Entire State Twelve Years Later, The Once Busy Highway Is Dead And The Sign Is As Worn As Caney, Who Hasn T Ventured Outside The Diner Since It Opened Then One Blustery December Day, A Thirtyish Crow Woman Blows In With A Three Legged Dog In Her Arms And A Long Buried Secret On Her Mind Hiring On As A Carhop, Vena Takes Horse Is Soon Shaking Up Business, The Locals, And Caney S Heartas She Teaches Them All About Generosity Of Spirit, Love, And The Possibility Of Promise Just Like The Sign Says LOVED this book I am a huge fan of Billie Letts now I read Where the Heart Is many years ago and loved it, so I picked this one up in the US for something to read, didn t get to it until I got home but loved it the minute I started reading it She creates the most wonderful characters, and like my other favourite author Tim Winton, her skill is in creating characters that are flawed but beautiful. I picked this book out for a new book group I just started at our library I wanted to begin reading Oklahoma Reads like we did in the last book group that I attended So, I went to the Oklahoma Reads website and found this book and then decided that we should read one book a year that was written by an Oklahoma writer or was at least set in Oklahoma I wasn t sure if I would like this book even though I had read Where the Heart Is years ago and found it entertaining I was pleasantly surprised I loved it, the way it was written and the characters They reminded me of the people I knew in Creston, CA, where I lived for 5 years Population 200 Cattle country Pickups with gun racks and dogs in the back bed of the truck You didn t have to lock your truck, car, or even your house One of our book group members said that it didn t seem to her that the people in this book were real I thought of her life and realized that she had never been around the kind of people that were portrayed in this book While we live in a small town in Oklahoma, where this book takes place, not Sequoyah as in the book, just Oklahoma, it really depends on the circle of people with whom you associate I grew up in a town like this Of course, the people I grew up with were just going to high school, they were only beginning to develop their minds or not It was in later years, when I moved to Creston, that I began to really know and love the people that were like the characters in this book Billie Letts has created them perfectly, and she did this by sitting in a small caf in a small town of Oklahoma I think if our new book group finds a book on next year s list that is horrible, I will suggest another book by Billie Letts. This is a great read because it s like the comfort food served at the Honk By the end of the book I cared a great deal about these quirky characters and their marginal lives I finished the book on a road trip where it was reported Billy Letts had died Her writer s voice was one on most naturally genuine and full of heart on the landscape of American fiction I salute Billy Letts and wish she would have lived to produce a larger body of work Her voice will be sorely missed. This is at least the second time I ve read this book, and it hasn t lost anything with age It is still a good read with interesting characters It is a bit funny, and yet contains real life problems, and real people working out their problems. Billie Letts Honk and Holler Opening Soon is definitely one of my all time top 50 favorite books Re reading it pleases me immensely The reader is introduced to simple but genuine, quirky and amazingly touching characters Most of them are regular customers and patrons of The Honk Holler Opening Soon , as they come together mainly to drink coffee, have breakfast, lunch or dinner, and visit at this side road caf , owned by Caney Paxton, a war veteran The majority of the characters living in Sequoyah, Oklahoma feel quite authentic they are plain and decent people sometimes eccentric and that representation of normal folks appeals to me tremendously This time around rereading I was mostly moved by Bui Kahn, the Vietnamese immigrant That man has the purest soul Contrary to the book blurb, I don t think Vena Takes Horse is the one healing, or the force bringing people together although she s an empathic soul, but rather that courageous little Vietnamese immigrant, barely mastering the English language, but touching everyone s heart By the way, his turn of phrases in the English language are often hilarious Strangely enough, you can t put an age to Bui Kahn You can t put an age to most of the main characters really you can only guess, and it s a bit like real life not every fact is revealed The events happening here are a slice of life Noto it Also to me, it s so refreshing that an author invites you into the life of plain people, and each one of them have possibly a good story to tell.As a European, generally speaking, I haven t been confronted with as many references to the Vietnam war And it s a topic I haven t read much about, but here in this lovely little story, its repercussions are part of the scars people wear, and the author has a very fine way of briefly touching the subject and making it a part of the story.The only thing I can add at this point is READ THIS BOOK and you won t regret it It s an effortless and disarmingly charming read. Ahh now here is the type of book I ve been waiting to sink my teeth into since summer rolled into town I feel like every time I write a review, my main focus is on characterization, but for me, the characters and how I feel about them are what really make a book for me An author can write with the most elegant prose on the face of the Earth, but if I can t feel a connection to the characters, I can t get into it This is the first time I ve ever read anything by Billie Letts, but I m already anxious to readI have Where The Heart Is on my shelf, and I know I ll be reading that soon There is something about the way she writes her characters they are so authentic and real This is a fiction novel that I would not have a hard time imagining actually taking place Actually, it s kinda weird to think that Molly O isn t out there waiting on Brenda or that Caney isn t wheeling around the Honk somewhere Letts fills you in about her characters in such subtle ways, too It almost brings to mind how you get to know people in real life you don t sit down and hear their life stories all at once usually Bits and pieces here and there are dished out to clue you in on a person, and that s how Letts writes her characters Even her minor characters were paid due attention so that even the regular Joes who came to the Honk had a voice The dialogue was to die for I could hear each of the characters as they spoke I just loved it I was also kinda surprised by how fast of a read this was I d sit down and look up 150 pages later shocked that I had read that much in seemingly so little time This is an incredibly readable novel Letts is not heavy on the descriptive language hers is astraightforward style But certain passages really did take my breath away, such as the part where without giving too much away Caney finally faces his demons and sees the world around him I loved flipping back to those pages again and again to immerse myself in that simple and yet poignant writing Overall, Billie Letts has given us a story that everyone can relate to It is a story about regular people living their lives and yet discovering the meaning behind it as they go along. This was a book that took me on a nice, winding journey Nice being the optimal word I didn t find it particularly amazing but there was SOME character development and the bad guy got his her comeuppance The Brenda storyline left me unsatisfied though, and while I released that not everything can be tied up in a nice tidy package, there were bits that didn t ring true for me for example, the introduction and picture of my mind of Vena really didn t match up with eh outcome at the end of the book.I found Bui delightful though Fav character by far. This book pulled me in right from the start, held me tight for at least two thirds of the trip but eventually loosened its grip and dropped me, disappointed and alone, in the Oklahoma dust alongside Route 66 I stuck out my thumb as the eighteen wheelers and F 150s flew past but, try as I might, I just couldn t seem to catch a lift Meanwhile, up the road a piece, the neon sign outside the Honk and Holler sputtered and went out.I was initially and immediately enthralled with the Honk s ensemble cast of characters Each one is drawn with such care, having been given a personal arc and an individual and recognizable voice The dialogue is superbly written While the Honk and Holler Opening Soon is not nearly so epic in scope and is from a much different era, the fictional citizens of Sequoyah brought to my mind the characters from Larry McMurtry s Lonesome Dove.Possibly because I felt that relationship between the characters of the two books, I expected Honk to follow a different path and thus my disappointment when it didn t By the end of the book it seemed that many of the characters arcs were left hanging or forgotten as they became merely set pieces to a romance or a room full of extras singing Auld Lang Syne to Frank Capra s George Bailey.It is obvious from my rating that I didn t dislike this book, in fact there is much to recommend about it It just didn t have the weightiness I expected I guess I feel a bit duped, as if Wilma Driver just sold me a shiny new bungalow on a secluded cul de sac but which turned out to be a 40 year old double wide on a concrete pad next to the filling station.Hold on Headlights Hey lady, where you headed Can you give me a lift. Good story line and character development Like a literary version of TV shows like Cheers that center around a place but the rich characters are what drives the story Enjoyed it