Book Review | Pie Town
Title: Pie Town: A Novel
Author: Lynne Hinton
Ever since reading Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts, I have been attracted to novels that are written about small towns and the people who live in them. Pie Town by Lynne Hinton caught my attention because not only is it about a small town, but it also hinted at a cast of delightfully quirky characters. I wanted especially to find out why a town called Pie Town did not actually serve pie at its diner.
Pie Town begins with the introduction of Father George Morris, who is en route to Pie Town, where he will be their new priest and travel between Pie Town and several other small towns. Along the way, he meets Trina, a free-spirited young girl in her early twenties, who is also going to Pie Town. I knew there was more to Father George because he reacted very strangely to Trina, even though they were strangers to one another. I wanted to find out what all of his secrets were.
I immediately warmed to Trina because she did not let her faults bring her down, unlike Father George. Neither Father George nor Trina are very accepted when they first come to the town, but Alex, a little boy with spina bifida who is the heart and soul of the town, is the one who makes them feel as if they belong.
Pie Town explores the relationships between the inhabitants of Pie Town and their reactions to people who infiltrate their tight community. Despite some of its heavier themes, I found Pie Town to be a really charming novel, and I was very happy to learn that Lynne Hinton is writing a second book about Pie Town that will be published in the summer of 2012.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*