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Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, by Susan Gregg Gilmore - Excerpt

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, by Susan Gregg Gilmore - Excerpt

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The town of Ringgold, Georgia, has a population of 1,923, one traffic light, one Dairy Queen, and one Catherine Grace Cline. Quickwitted and more than a little stubborn, Catherine Grace is dying to escape her small-town life.

When her dream to go to Atlanta becomes a reality, she immediately makes the move, leaving behind the boy she loves. But all too soon, tragedy brings Catherine Grace back home. As a series of extraordinary events alter her perspective, Catherine Grace begins to wonder if her place in the world may actually be, against all odds, right where she began.
The town of Ringgold, Georgia, has a population of 1,923, one traffic light, one Dairy Queen, and one Catherine Grace Cline. Quickwitted and more than a little stubborn, Catherine Grace is dying to escape her small-town life.

When her dream to go to Atlanta becomes a reality, she immediately makes the move, leaving behind the boy she loves. But all too soon, tragedy brings Catherine Grace back home. As a series of extraordinary events alter her perspective, Catherine Grace begins to wonder if her place in the world may actually be, against all odds, right where she began.

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Lookingfor Salvationat the DairyQueen
 A NOVEL
susan gregggilmore
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are theproduct of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblanceto actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2008 by Susan Gregg GilmoreAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Three Rivers Press,an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.comThree Rivers Press and the Tugboat design areregistered trademarks of Random House, Inc.Originally published in hardcover in the United States byShaye Areheart Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York, in 2008.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataGilmore, Susan Gregg.Looking for salvation at the Dairy Queen : a novel /Susan Gregg Gilmore.1. Young women
Fiction.2. City and town life
Fiction.3. Self-actualization (Psychology)
Fiction.4. Ringgold (Ga.)
Fiction.I. Title.PS3607.I4527L662008813'.6
dc222007032673ISBN 978-0-307-39502-3Printed in the United States of America
Design by Barbara Sturman 
10987654321First Paperback Edition
www.ThreeRiversPress.com

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lindap69 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Catherine seems destined to be the feisty, stubborn, strong-willed female who will leave her small backwater town in Georgia for the big city of Atlanta but life changes and so does she.
auntieknickers reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Catherine Grace Cline is a teenaged Preacher's Kid in 1970's small-town Georgia. She focuses her efforts on getting out of town. The book follows her and her sister's lives as they grow up in the spotlight of being the PKs and struggle with the loss of their mother when they were quite young. After Catherine Grace achieves her aim and moves to Atlanta to start a career in retail, surprising events and revelations cause her to reexamine her life and assumptions. I was a little afraid this was going to be 'Christian fiction' and perhaps it is (I read a large-print edition from a different publisher)but it manages to portray a person of faith without being preachy or unrealistic. The writer has a good ear for dialogue and the Southern setting is always enjoyable to me. There's a lot of humor as well as pathos in the book. It was a nice quick read and a good break from private eyes, murder and mayhem!
jo3jo_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This was such a neat coming-of-age novel giving us a glimpse of rural life for one young gal in Georgia. We learn the story of Catherine Grace who has grown up without her mother, knowing the world has so much more to offer than what is available in her stupid little town. She looks forward to the day she can leave Ringgold for good.This story had so many elements to it that I just loved. I found myself smiling or just plain laughing out loud plenty of times while I was reading it. I am sure many girls could read this book and easily put themselves in Catherine Grace's shoes, as I did. Many kids that have grown up in small towns can't wait to get out and explore the world. Personally, I felt the same exact way. But, like Catherine Grace, once you get out there and start living you realize that it isn't what it's cracked up to be.Catherine Grace has been lucky to have some wonderful people in her life. Even with the support of her Preacher father and motherly women to help her, there were still times she felt left out of events because she didn't have a mother of her own. She not only found kids treating her differently at times, but even adults. It's hard to grow up with confidence when you feel out of place most of the time.I loved the relationships in this novel. Between Catherine Grace, her sister, her father, and Gloria Jean, I absolutely loved all of the characters. With themes of love, family, and forgiveness I know that many of you would enjoy this book for either personal leisure or a book club discussion. Our book club loved it and I highly recommend this novel.
carolee888 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore is one of books that I would love to recommend to everyone but I am not sure they would enjoy it as much as I did. That is an odd statement, isn't it?The story is set in a tiny town of less than 2,000 residents, Ringgold, Georgia with one stoplight, one post office and a Dairy Queen. I once lived in a town with no stoplight, a tiny Post Office and a school. Catherine Grace Cline wants to see more of life than just Ringgold. Her father is the Baptist preacher and her mother died when she was old enough to have memories of her. She had one sister, Martha Ann who was too young to have memories of their mother. Catherine Grace's ideas about religion are different from her father's, she misses her mother a whole lot and she dearly wants to get out Ringgold. She does manage to leave, largely due to making wild strawberry jam, Gloria Jean's idea. Gloria Jean loves and cares for both of the girls in a way that would make any child happy. But then something happens and Catherine Grace has to go home. The whole world is suddenly turned upside down with secrets bursting out everywhere.There are sad parts (I was crying at three in the morning about them)and funny, witty and amazing parts.There are some trite parts like the part about getting the perfect swirl on the Dairy Queen chocolate dipped cone and what it is like to be a preacher's daughter. And yes, Catherine Grace does seem to be self-centered but that is out down by the great deal of heart in this book. A lot of this book is between the lines. If you read there, you will feel that it is a great book.I recommend this book to all who love witty writing and a great deal of heart.
2lz reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Do not let the title of this book prevent you from reading it. I was sorry when it ended.
missyvonnee reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Being from Georgia this book held alot of promise for me. I wasn't disappointed. It was a cute story of a young girl from a small town dreaming of moving to a "big city" (Atlanta). It was a story about a young girl growing up and finding her way in this world. I think we've all had dreams as we grew up of something bigger and better out there in the world, only to find what we were looking for was right here all along. I know I did. Some areas of the book were questionable, but all in all from the title, to being "saved" one Sunday, to the end, I smiled...
porch_reader reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I first heard about Susan Gregg Gilmore on the Books on the Nightstand podcast, and her debut, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, fits snuggly into the Southern fiction genre. This book is narrated by Catherine Grace Cline, the daughter of a widowed Baptist preacher in the small time of Ringgold, Georgia. Catherine Grace dreams of escaping Ringgold, which has the typical small-town quirks, and moving to Atlanta. But sometimes the complexities of real life complicate our dreams, and Catherine Grace learns a lot about those complexities and what's truly important in this coming-of-age story.There was one plot point that didn't quite ring true to me, and in the end, the strands of the story were tied up a little too neatly, but aside from that, I loved this story, its characters, and the way that Gilmore made Ringgold come to life.
lindahallmann reviewed this
Rated 5/5
As a preacher's daughter in a small town in Georgia, Catherine can't wait to escape her small-town life. She plans her escape to Atlanta after she graduates from high school each week at the Dairy Queen. A tragedy brings her back hiome and her discovery of events changes her perspective of the town.
cailin_2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I discovered this book when hearing about the author's new book, The Improper Life of Bezeilia Grove. An exerpt was read by the author at the Books on the Nightstand retreat and I was sold! I loved this book, it is sweet, funny, surprising and well done - especially for a first novel. Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen follows Catherine Grace Cline's sometimes painful journey into adult hood. This is a great summer read!
traciragas reviewed this
I wonder if there are any of us that don’t wonder what life would be like if they could just leave. Leave their current situation, their current job, their current life. What would like be like over the mountain, would the pastures be greener, as they always say? Catherine Grace, the narrator of this story, has been wondering that from the day we meet her. Set in the 1970’s, Catherine Grace is the daughter of the small-town preacher, girlfriend of the school’s quarterback, and all around smart aleck jam making darling. But she dreams of something different. It was described as “storytelling at its best” and I’d have to agree. A little whimsical, hopeful and just truly honest. I understood Catherine Grace’s feelings of wanting a different life, but then not knowing if that other life was the right one either. A few twists and turns that were a little unexpected, but at the end of the novel, appropriate.

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