The big plus to my long commute is getting to listen to lots of audio books! This one, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, was one I savored! Mere listening didn't do it justice.
Ceceila Rose Honeycutt is about 12 and suffering thru life with a mentally ill mother, "the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen," a largely absent father, and a loving neighbor when the book opens. The day finally comes though when she is freed of the hell of trying to care for her mother and trying to get her father's attention. She is, quite simply, rescued by her great-aunt Tallulah, aka "Tootie," who takes her home to Savanna, Georgia to a sanctuary-like home and the tender loving care of Oletta. Although hit by the occasional PTSD flashback, the love and devotion of the two women, plus another welcome addition to the family, help bring CeeCee back to life and ready to face the new school year.
While I must say that if I was shocked that the author, whose story is set in the very deep south in 1968, had Oletta address a guest by her first name, I was dumb-struck by the garden party. Never mind, these are very minor problems compared with such a robust and loving story.
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.