Billie Letts's sadly sweet new novel, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon , is a delight, made even more so by Dick Hill's fine performance in this full-length, nine-hour presentation. The odd group of characters we meet at this roadside cafe in Oklahoma a wheelchair-bound Vietnam vet, a young Crow woman drifting nowhere, a lonely middle-aged widow, a Vietnamese refugee, a three-legged dog all suffer with their own particular pain and loss. Yet, with a little help from their friends, each one gets by and gets better. Only the coldest of hearts won't be warmed and touched.

Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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