The embarrassment that children suffer at the hands of their parents is exemplified by Willow Havens who unexpectedly 'arrives' when her mother Polly is in her late 50s. But it's not all downhill from there; more a case of growing up and growing old together, unconventionally in their conventional Texan town. That is until Polly's health challenges and Willow's fierce determination to uncover the mystery of her mother's early life are set on a collision course.
Narrated by Willow, this is a delightfully entertaining Southern comedy of witty dialogue, quirky characters wrestling with the vagaries of life and testimony to the power of love and family, whatever form it takes.
We all enjoyed this book - the characters, the humour, the themes, and we had an interesting discussion.
Really enjoyed the characters and the "laugh out loud" humour. Willow was such a resilient child and had a great outlook on life.
Entertaining read, thought-provoking. Characters came to life. Captured the idea of the Southern States. Polly an excellent character.
Opinions on this book ranged from it's OK to didn't really like it. There were some good character descriptions but on the whole nothing much to recommend it. The questions were very convoluted and didn't really help with discussion.
Mostly enjoyed. Loved certain characters. Interesting relationships.
We all enjoyed this amusing but touching story, maybe we all relate to a bit of Polly in ourselves!
Some very funny parts to the book.
Enjoyed by all.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very well-written, and characters are absorbing and colourful!
Quirky but entertaining.
Our group very much enjoyed 'The Book of Polly'. We loved the humour and character descriptions, and the situations the characters found themselves in. Some situations sad but others funny.
Delightful to read. Characters beautifully portrayed.
Quirky. Easy reading.
An interesting read. Characters well drawn. Polly would be a great neighbour. Questions covered a good cross-section of novel.
Easy read. Enjoyed by all.
An easy and entertaining read, with a lot of dry humour. Seen by some as 'chick lit'! Interesting view of a mother/daughter relationship, given the almost unbelievable age gap.
An easy read with quirky characters. Did resonate with those in our group who were only children or 'late additions' of older mothers.
Every member of our group loved this book. Great characters and very well-written.
A great book with which to begin the year. Wonderful writing, original and witty.
A fun, light read. We all loved it.
The majority of us enjoyed this book and found the quirky character of Polly especially, leavened the seriousness of the subject matter.
Funny, whimsical, a quick easy read. Focus on mother/daughter relationships. Tackles serious subjects with a light touch.
A little on the light side. Sweet, but slightly unbelievable at times.
What an interesting and strong character Polly was! Most enjoyed this book although some felt her character was orchestrated to fit the story. Clearly her past triggered her personality, and the book touched many emotions.
The group agreed that this was a good easy read, without much depth to it. One of our members thought it would be more suitable for teenagers. Polly and Summer were both believable characters that were entertaining. At times it read like a fairy tale, but a feel good read all the same.
Gentle, amusing, popular choice.
The group all enjoyed this book.
We loved the book.
Funny in parts; simple enjoyment - not a must read.
A few differing opinions as to Willow's upbringing, and Polly's relationship with her older children, but all agreed it was an enjoyable read.
We found this to be a quirky story, easy to read and funny at times. Her life took quite an unusual journey, and explained the different relationships.
We all loved Polly and her blunt and honest way of dealing with the world! A great, and unpredictable story.