Great Aunt Tootie. Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper. Oletta Jones. Violene Hobbs. Gertrude Odel. Sapphire, Miz Obee, and Flossy. They all had a hand in Saving CeeCee Honeycutt in the summer of 1967. In Willoughby, Ohio, Cecelia Rose Honeycutt’s momma was regarded as nothing more than the tiara-totin’, lipstick-smeared 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen from Georgia who often paraded down the sidewalks in a rustle of taffeta, blowing kisses. “With a neighbor like Momma, who needed TV?”
When 12 year old CeeCee is left to fend for herself, Tallulah Caldwell—great Aunt Tootie—whisks her away to Savannah, Georgia into a world of eccentricity. There she encounters the sugary, buttery sweetness of cinnamon rolls, the beaten biscuits, the magnolia blossoms, the camellia bush that’s fond of Mozart, the widow who suffers a severe head injury caused by a garden slug, Matilda the spider, the neighbor who takes baths in a moss –stained, claw-footed bathtub set on a slab of marble in the backyard, and the flying petit fours. (You will not want to miss the slug incident and the Polaroid photos taken shortly thereafter! Well, the flying petit fours are a hoot also.)
For those of you who agree with Aunt Lu who told CeeCee, “There’s nothing better than having a good girlfriend,” this book is for you. After a heart to heart chat with a distraught CeeCee, the wise Oletta rises to her feet and said, “So c’mon, lots of nice ladies is waitin’ for you.” Open this book and enter Aunt Tootie’s delightful, perfumed world so you can meet them yourself.