Greetings from Nowhere

Barbara O'Connor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Aggie isn’t expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills and repairs has become next to impossible. The pool is empty, the garden is overgrown, and not a soul has come to stay in nearly three months. When she reluctantly places a For Sale ad in the newspaper, Aggie doesn’t know that Kirby and his mom will need a room when their car breaks down on the way to Kirby’s new reform school. Or that Loretta and her parents will arrive in her dad’s plumbing company van on a trip meant to honor the memory of Loretta’s birth mother. Or that Clyde Dover will answer the For Sale ad in such a hurry and move in with his daughter, Willow, looking for a brand-new life to replace the one that was fractured when Willow’s mom left. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that Aggie and her guests find just the friends they need at the shabby motel in the middle of nowhere.

From an author long recognized for her true Southern voice and heartfelt characters, Greetings from Nowhere, with its four intertwining stories, brings Barbara O’Connor’s work to a new level of sophistication.


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Greetings From Nowhere
Aggie"Harold would have known what to do," Aggie said to Ugly. She tossed the unopened envelope into the junk drawer on top of the batteries and rubber bands, old keys and more unopened envelopes."Let's go sit and ponder," Aggie said.She scooped up the little black cat and shuffled across the dirty orange carpet. Years ago, the carpet had been thick and fluffy, but now it was thin and flat, with a path worn from the bed to the bathroom.From the bathroom to the kitchenette.From the kitchenette to the door.Aggie pushed the screen door open and sat in the aluminumlawn chair



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Praise for Greetings from Nowhere

“Delivers a story that sparkles. . . . Readers will come to realize that everyone has something worth paying attention to, if you dig deep enough.” Christian Science Monitor

"Another satisfying novel with a southern setting . . .The plainspoken text is clean, direct, and honest in its portrayal of pain and hope." —Booklist
"O'Connor carefully weaves together the hopes, fears, disappointments, sorrows and joys of her multi-generational cast to produce a warm and satisfying conclusion." —Kirkus Reviews
"O'Connor fans...won't be disappointed." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"O’Connor’s knack for well-developed characters and feisty protagonists is evident, as is her signature Southern charm." —School Library Journal

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  • Barbara O'Connor

  • Barbara O’Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; Me and Rupert Goody; Greetings from Nowhere and How to Steal a Dog. She has been awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the Dolly Gray Award, among many honors. As a child, she loved dogs, salamanders, tap dancing, school, and even homework. Her favorite days were when the bookmobile came to town. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and now lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a historic seaside village not far from Plymouth Rock.
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Greetings from Nowhere

Barbara O'Connor

Parents' Choice Honor Books, NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master L, Kansas City KC3 Reading Award Master List, PA Keystone to Reading Book Award, TN Volunteer State Book Award Primary ML