Carolina Moon by Jill McCorkle

Welcome to Fulton, North Carolina, a small beach town that is quiet in the off-season. The residents of Fulton are quite colorful; you are easily drawn into the lives of these characters and the story they tell.

The story opens with veteran postal worker, Wallace Johnson reading another letter addressed to Wayward One that will eventually end up in the dead letter files. These letters are written by a married woman who is writing to her lover that committed suicide, the letters have been coming for 25 years.

Quee Purdy, an older lady with a bit of a reputation and disliked by many has recently opened up Smoke – Out Signals, a smoking rehabilitation center, her goal is to cure the people of Fulton of their nicotine addictions. Quee’s first patient is a local Disc Jockey, he is making progress but he is getting very used to the meals, massages and pedicures that are part of his treatment plan.

Tom Lowe is a handsome local handyman who has been doing a lot of work for Quee. Tom is a lifelong resident of Fulton with a complicated background. He often thinks about the strained relationship he had with his deceased father and his high school sweetheart, Sarah that broke things off with him when she went off to college.

Jones Jameson, a local Howard Stern like Disc Jockey goes missing and the town is buzzing about his whereabouts. Jones is married to Alicia, who is also employed at Smoke-Out Signals. Jones a not so great husband and is known for pulling weekend disappearing acts, but this time he does not return. McCorkle does a great job of painting a picture of the town and its people. This book is sprinkled with humor and quirky characters.

This was my first time reading a book by Jill McCorkle and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I am looking forward to reading some of her other novels. If you are curious about the writer of the mysterious letters, the success of Quee’s clinic, and the whereabouts of Jones Jameson, check this book out, you won’t be disappointed. This is a great book to take on vacation or curl up on the couch with.

 Jill McCorkle along with several other local authors will be at West Regional Library on September, 24th, please visit our website for more details.

 Find and reserve this book in our catalog.

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