"tremendously amusing look at the Southern lifestyle"
The Labor Day weekend of 1993 finds the residents of Higby,
Mississippi seeking happiness though everyone looks for
this mythos differently. Teenage Clint and his minister
father have not recovered from the death of Clint's mom nor
do they share their feelings of doubt and struggles with
their beliefs. That changes when Clint
falls from a water tower luckily into a swimming pool and
dad meets the massage parlor owner.
Carmen Valentine trips over a crack but does not break her
mother's back. Instead she badly peeled her face's
epidermis. She follows up this scrape by plowing into the
pickup of Euless, who had stopped to help an Alzheimer's
Euless and Marci, the girlfriend of his roommate Stewie,
shared intimacy. However, Marci has since found Jesus, but
not in Euless' bedroom. Euless worries that there is
something wrong with him when he feels the hots for
Carmen. Meanwhile Stewie and Marci reconcile passionately
while alas a cult kidnaps poor Talitha. Labor Day in Hixby
is like any other day in a town where bedlam is the norm
even for those who try to strictly adhere to the Word.
WELCOME TO HIXBY is a tremendous amusing look at the
Southern lifestyle through a series of interrelated
stories. The book is not an anthology as incidents in one-
segment impact events in another. Fans will enjoy the
antics of the eccentric while praying this does not happen
to them. The use of biblical quotes are not chapter
but instead add to the overall flow that makes this book
feel like a novel whose theme is enjoy life by finding God
in your own way.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 19, 2003