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Title:
Looking for me
Author:
Hoffman, Beth.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2013.
Physical Description:
354 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Opening an antiques shop in Charleston after discovering a talent for restoring furniture, Teddi Overman struggles to come to terms with her shattered family and sense of self after receiving news that her long-missing brother might still be alive.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780670025831
Format :
Book

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A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Beth Hoffman's bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt , won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me .

Teddi Overman found her life's passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people's castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop.  Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she's felt in the years since her brother Josh's mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky.  It's a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family--and to find herself at last.  But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

Looking for Me brilliantly melds together themes of family, hope, loss, and a mature once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. The result is a tremendously moving story that is destined to make bestselling author Beth Hoffman a novelist to whom readers will return again and again as they have with Adriana Trigiani, Fannie Flagg, and Joshilyn Jackson.


Author Notes

Beth Hoffman is a New York Times bestselling author. Her books have been published in Italy, Germany, France, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Indonesia, Korea, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

Before beginning her writing career, Beth was president and co-owner of an interior design studio. An artist as well as an award-winning designer, her paintings are displayed in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Beth is the author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and Looking for Me.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Theodora Teddie Overman runs a successful antiques shop, filling her days with restoration projects and buying trips. But she's having a hard time filling the hole in her heart left by her younger brother, who ran away from home and disappeared at age 17 now presumed dead to live in the wilderness. Teddie was never close to her family, having left home shortly after high-school graduation, determined to make it in the antiques world rather than attend the boring secretarial school her mother had in mind. Now in her midthirties, Teddie misses the chance to reconcile with her estranged mother and becomes obsessed with finding her brother after all these years. Along the way, she finds love and comes to terms with her childhood. Hoffman has a good ear for dialogue, and Teddie and her friends are realistic, appealing characters. Perfect for fans of family-centered women's fiction, this book will have special appeal to readers interested in antiques and shabby chic style.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Hoffman's follow-up to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt presents her fans with a delightful character piece for a lazy day. Upon graduating from high school, Theodora "Teddi" Overman leaves her childhood home in rural Kentucky to pursue her passion for restoring old furniture. Her decision strains an already fragile relationship with her mother, but Teddi is content with the life she makes for herself in her Charleston antiques shop. One item from her past, however, continues to haunt her: the still-unexplained disappearance of her brother, Josh. When Teddi's mother dies after an unexpected stroke, clues start to emerge that Josh has been alive all these years, and Teddi must confront her painful memories anew. On a trip back home, Teddi returns to Red River Gorge, the beautiful, secluded area where her brother was last seen. Though readers may question certain plot turns, these less plausible moments won't detract too much from the enjoyment to be found in Teddi's story. Hoffman's novel of a woman putting the pieces of her family's secrets together combines a deep dramatic impact with Southern charm. Agent: Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Management. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Teddi Overman escapes her Kentucky farm life and travels to Charleston, SC, to pursue her passion for restoring antique furniture. As Teddi achieves her dream of owning an antiques shop, her brother vanishes and Teddi blames herself for his disappearance. Friends and family encourage her to let go and move on, but she refuses to give up hope and can't stop believing that he is still alive in the Kentucky wilderness. This works falls short of Hoffman's acclaimed debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Narrator Jenna Lamia reads life into the story using myriad voices for the many characters. However, those listeners who adored Lamia as CeeCee might have trouble thinking of her as Teddi given that she uses the same soft Southern inflection for both characters. Verdict Sadly disappointing and anticlimactic owing to numerous characters and spotty subplots that fall flat. Even so, Hoffman's fans will be expecting to find this audio on the shelf, so libraries would do well to purchase. [The Pamela Dorman hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-JoAnn Funderburk, South Garland Branch Lib., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.