Some Days There's Pie
By Catherine Landis
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312283841, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Ruth Ritchie elopes with a stereo salesman, thinking that she has found her ticket out of Summerville, Tennessee where her future means selling pies at Durwood's Hardware. But Chuck "gets religion," and Ruth, who cherishes her freedom more than safety, buys a used car and heads north.
When Ruth faints from hunger at a North Carolina five-and-dime, Rose, a feisty elderly reporter, rescues her. A friendship stronger than family ties blossoms; for all her bravado, unsentimental Ruth can never quite disguise her need for a mother's love. In Ruth, Rose finds someone who refuses to see old age as a handicap, and gives her life new purpose.
With spirited humor and empathy, Landis beautifully intertwines the unforgettable stories of Rose, in stubborn denial of lung cancer, and Ruth, who possesses the energy and conviction of Rose in her younger days.
Catherine Landis grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She earned a B.A from Davidson College and was a newspaper reporter in North Carolina. Catherine Landis now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband and two children. She is currently writing her second novel.
"Catherine Landis's sweet southern tale, about a young woman's unlikely friendship with the town eccentric, is the perfect beach read." --Marie Clare
"Catherine Landis's debut novel is a sweet, sassy and tart story." --Bookpage
"First time novelist Catherine Landis has created an extraordinaryily engaging read in her new novel." --The Tampa Tribune
"Catherine Landis writes with the flare that characterizes the best of modern-day Southern writers." --The Knoxville News-Sentinel