THE SWEET LIFE
In THE SWEET LIFE, Lynn York catches up with the good people of Swan’s Knob, North Carolina for a beautifully realized glimpse of small-town life.
It’s been eight years since Roy Swan has won the hand of the piano teacher and resident choir director, Miss Wilma, and together, they have settled into a companionable rhythm: her music making, his farm newly planted with grape vines, their harvest days unfolding at the foot of their beloved mountain. All that changes with the arrival of Miss Wilma’s teenage granddaughter, Star. Soon she and her estranged father Harper have each found a way to bring chaos to the orderly streets of Swan’s Knob. Star pursues the son of a pious neighbor, and Harper convinces Roy to let him stage a “small” bluegrass concert in his pasture, drawing thousands of grapevine-trampling fans, not to mention a small forest of Porta Potties. Roy and Wilma weather each new tempest with grace and grit, until Roy’s health suddenly takes a turn for the worse—and life in Swan’s Knob becomes a lot less simple.
A worthy successor to her memorable debut, Lynn York’s The Sweet Life weaves a story that is as whimsical, wise, and alluring as the South itself.
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"This gentle, funny, remarkably sexy novel marks Lynn York as a writer of both force and delicacy. I adored the whole thing."
--Haven Kimmel, author of The Solace of Leaving Early and A Girl Named Zippy