Kincaid, Nanci. Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi. Little, Brown and Company, 2009. ISBN 978-0316009157 400 pp. $
I bought this one, on my own, because it sounded like a highly appealing novel about a brother and sister who move away from the deep South to seek their fame & fortune in California, but don’t end up happy or fulfilled as adults.
The storytelling was wonderful, if leisurely paced. Although the novel covers Truely and his sister beyond their adolescence, both continue to struggle with relationship issues; his sister Courtney struggles with body image issues, and the book is in some ways about identity as well; thought the siblings have moved to CA, MI is still a touchstone for them.
Both childless, Truely ends up fostering a young friend of a friend, and make an attempt to salvage the life of a young man with a juvenile record who needs positive adult role models. If this had been the primary plot, I’d recommend it–it just takes Kincaid too long to get there–almost half the book.