Some Days There's Pie

A Novel

Catherine Landis

St. Martin's Press

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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.

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SOME DAYS THERES PIE
1ON MY WAY TO THE REST OF MY LIFERose is dead. I am sorry for it but not surprised; she's been dying for years now. I found her lying on the roll-away in Room 12 of the Little Swiss Inn in Mount Claire, North Carolina. It's just like Rose to have left me the double bed. I don't want to be any trouble, was what she said all the time, but there's a lot of people who say that kind of thing who are loads of trouble. Rose never was.We had been driving since that morning, starting in Lawsonville, where it was hot. It was not hot in Mount Claire.

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Praise for Some Days There's Pie

"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

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About the Author

Catherine Landis

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.

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Some Days There's Pie
A Novel
Catherine Landis

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429976664
ISBN10: 1429976667
304 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
May 2003
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ISBN: 9780312309299
ISBN10: 0312309295
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$18.99
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