Big news for Saving CeeCee Honeycutt fans! We finally have some info about Beth Hoffman's second novel. If you follow Hoffman on Twitter, you already knew the title was Looking for Me. A tweet from August:
But yesterday, Publishers Marketplace officially announced the deal. Looking For Me was sold to Pamela Dorman (again)—the editor behind The Secret Life of Bees—and will be about "a woman who leaves her hardscrabble Kentucky farm life behind for the seductive world of antiques dealing in Charleston, SC, but is drawn home after her brother's disappearance."
It's no surprise that Hoffman wrote about a character fascinated by antiques; she herself owned an interior design firm.
When Trisha interviewed Hoffman back in January 2010, the author explained that furniture led to CeeCee Honeycutt!
The author channeled her creative energy into writing "story ads” for her business:
She’d “pick a piece of furniture, and write a story about it: who has it, who covets it, who got a divorce—that type of thing. It exploded! We would get people in the store with the ads in their hand, and it was just fun. And it was my way to feed the need to write.”
A customer encouraged her to write an entire book, and eventually CeeCee Honeycutt was born.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was hugely popular with BookPage readers. It came in as #3 on our Readers' Choice: Best Books of 2010 list, and BookPage's editors ranked in the top 40 of our Best Books of 2010.
Have you been curious about Hoffman's second novel? Now that you have some details, does it sound like something you would like?