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Review: My Only Sunshine

September 10, 2010

In the early 1960’s, Charlie Boone and his younger brother, Jute, live with their Memaw and Papaw in Red Church, Louisiana, because their dad’s in prison and their mom was swept away by a hurricane.   At least that’s what Charlie’s been told.  Memaw and Papaw are characters in their own right – Memaw has her own brand of justice and Papaw is paid by the government not to grow crops and is fascinated by “forces of nature.”  Uncle Dan returns home with Aunt Lona in tow, and the fun really begins.   Uncle Dan and “Aunt” Lona are schemers, trying to figure out how to strike it rich without working and just barely staying one step ahead of the law.

The air raid sirens go off one day, and the whole town of Red Church is convinced that they’re under attack – this is during the Cold War, after all.  It’s each man for himself and poor Charlie finds himself in a huge mess and this time he’s not sure he can get out of it.

When I saw that My Only Sunshine, by Lou Dischler, was endorsed by George Singleton, I knew I had to read it, and I was not disappointed!  This book is Southern storytelling at its best – absurd tall tales that hook you and reel you in.   You can’t help but like Charlie – he’s young and naive and he doesn’t totally understand all that’s going on around him.  His family is just a little bit “off,” and because of that he gets caught up in all kinds of crazy adventures.  You know the stories can’t be true, but you believe them anyway.

Uncle Dan is a whole other story – he’s old enough to know better and there were times I wanted to shake him and Aunt Lona – especially when he did things that would involve the whole family.

My Only Sunshine alternates between Charlie’s and Uncle Dan’s stories and it is great fun!  It’s a quick read, but it will keep you laughing throughout!  If you enjoy Southern storytelling and humor, you won’t want to miss this outrageous book!

Review copy provided by Hub City Press.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2010 6:18 am

    Fantastic information as always.

    Check out my comment on the blog hop for this week. 🙂

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

  2. September 10, 2010 7:06 am

    How funny! I love Southern humor.

  3. September 10, 2010 8:25 am

    This one sounds like fun! Is it targeted towards a YA audience? It sounds like it might be, but I am not sure. I love books that tell crazy stories, and tell them well, so I will be looking into this book. Thanks for the excellent review, Kathy!

  4. September 10, 2010 8:46 am

    Excellent! Tall tales with a southern twist? Sounds like fun.

  5. September 10, 2010 9:48 am

    This does sound like fun. Hard to resist a book in which there is a “Memaw and Papaw”!

  6. September 10, 2010 11:00 am

    I do love a Southern story. Definitely one to look out for.

  7. September 10, 2010 11:50 am

    Having just finished Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, I’m ready for more Southern stories. I’m guessing the title of the book ties in somehow with the old song, “You are my sunshine”?

  8. September 10, 2010 12:29 pm

    Sounds very cute! I love good Southern fiction!

  9. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 10, 2010 12:34 pm

    This sounds southernly delightful 🙂

  10. September 10, 2010 1:24 pm

    “Southern storytelling at its best” — you sold me right there. And you know how much I love books with eccentric characters. 😉

  11. September 10, 2010 1:59 pm

    This sounds fabulous! With winter not too far away I’m getting in the mood for some Southern fiction. Thanks!

  12. September 10, 2010 2:23 pm

    Sounds like a fun read. I added it to my list. Thanks!

  13. September 10, 2010 4:25 pm

    What a terrific review and fun-sounding book! Have a great weekend, Kathy! 🙂

  14. September 10, 2010 4:48 pm

    I simply MUST read this. You know how much I adore quirky Southern yarns … LOL!

    Thanks for introducing me to the book, Kathy!

  15. September 10, 2010 5:59 pm

    Uncle Dan and Aunt Lona sound very entertaining but I can see why they’d be irritating.

  16. September 10, 2010 6:06 pm

    This one sounds fun. Really fun. Nice review.

  17. diane permalink
    September 10, 2010 7:16 pm

    I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds fun.

  18. September 10, 2010 8:02 pm

    I read that book and my review is coming up soon. I enjoyed it and it reminded me of Clyde Edgerton’s works.

  19. September 10, 2010 8:40 pm

    Absurd and southern fiction sounds like a great combo. Definitely one that I will keep on my list!

  20. September 10, 2010 8:58 pm

    I love Southern stories — especially with off characters. This sounds like a fun read!

  21. September 10, 2010 9:13 pm

    oh, this sounds really good! I love southern literature, I will add this to my wishlist right away!

  22. September 11, 2010 4:49 pm

    I do enjoy Southern storytelling and would appreciate the cast of characters in this one.

  23. September 11, 2010 5:38 pm

    i always love a good southern book with some good humor! i’m definitely game for this book. thanks for putting it on my radar.

  24. September 11, 2010 8:19 pm

    I do love a Southern book so I may have to check this one out!

  25. September 12, 2010 7:32 am

    I certainly do and I won’t miss this one. Another one to add to my American Journey reading challenge. Thanks for the review, Kathy!

  26. September 12, 2010 7:38 am

    Noting this one down since the review won me over. Adding it to the very long long long TBR list. Great reviews 🙂

  27. givingreadingachance permalink
    September 13, 2010 12:59 am

    Sounds fun!
    -veens

  28. September 14, 2010 5:06 pm

    I’ve learned that I love Southern tales..sounds like I need to read this one..for the laughs alone!

  29. September 15, 2010 1:21 am

    Thanks for the awesome review. This sounds like a book that I would really enjoy! I added it to my TBR.

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