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Will Velva Jean learn to drive? May 17, 2010

Posted by Maureen in Fiction, First Novel.

One good thing about the rain, rain, and more rain…there is (should be) no guilt for curling up under a cozy blanket and reading the day away instead of doing all those pesky chores. Which is just what I’ve been doing! My newest adventure in fiction is a debut novel by Jennifer Niven called Velva Jean Learns to Drive.  Velva lives in the rural mountains of North Carolina and after her mother passes away, decides to become a wild child (even though deep down she is scared out of her wits at the mere thought of doing wrong).  I haven’t gotten too far into the book yet, but the language, setting and way of life remind me a lot of Adriana Trigiani’s Big Stone Gap novels which I truly enjoyed. Velva is a complex character and I can’t wait to see if she learns to drive and where her travels will take her!




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