Sunday, February 04, 2007

Letting Go of Bobby James, or How I Found Myself of Steam, by Valerie Hobbs

Atthe age of 16, Jody has made the decision to leave her husband after he hits her in a fit of anger. She has nothing to her name, but a good head on her shoulders and some luck. And those two ingredients help her set out on her own.

Told as a series of serious digressions in a letter to the owner of a grocery store chain (in order to complain about the store's coleslaw), Jody is an engaging character with an amusing ability to mix up her words (as someone - myself - who once wrote "intensive purposes" on the first draft of his dissertation, I can relate!). What Hobbs shows very nicely is that decent people come in many shapes and sizes, and that being a decent person amongst decent people can take you a long way. A good uplifting read.

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