This is easily one of my favorite books to date. Pat Lloyd is a rather reclusive thirty-something who lives in a very small (and struggling) town of Kilgore where she helps her father run a supermarket. She long abandoned her dreams of college so she could take care of her father after the death of her mother. Pat is content to spend her time with books, her dogs and her daydreams. However, when Alma Rose (a vivacious, inquiring trucker) pulls into town, everything in Pat's life seemingly begins to change. Not only does she fall in love for the first time (and with a woman), she begins to unravel the person that she is as well as partake into her own journey out of the void.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a literary love story with a small town twist and a very real, ordinary cast.
Some Favorite Quotes:
"...The world has so many people in it nowadays, you can't do much of anything without making somebody mad. If you start worrying about what every single person thinks, you had just as well be a soccer ball that everybody is trying to kick in a different direction."
"I thought, maybe for some people the puzzle of mortality was fully answered by Christian theology. They could bury their love under a granite marker and feel sure that it would someday come back to life in an unseen realm. For other people, the ones who still bothered by a doubt or two, some more immediate and human solution was needed, so they kept a piece of their love unburied and grafted onto the new young things coming into the world."
"I moved to Chicago. I lasted six months. The first month I spent in a state of nervous confusion. The last five I spent in a downward spiral of loneliness and torpor. All my normal thought processes were rattled by the noise, the constant motion, the everpresence of humanity. Surrounded by walls, cars, billboards and people, I could not daydream. Without my daydreams, I was lost. Without my daydreams I was left with outside reality. Outside reality was a mindless job, solitary evenings in a tiny, anonymously modern apartment, and boredom, endless, unrelieved, mind-numbing boredom."