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Devoted readers of Meacham will devour this long, juicy page-turner about three young friends--the saint, the sinner, and the angel--growing up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games.
- ISBN-13: 9781455509249
- ISBN-10: 1455509248
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Publish Date: June 2012
- Page Count: 470
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-05-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Meacham (Roses) explores a small-town love triangle against the backdrop of Texas football in her overblown latest. Since childhood, Trey Don "TD" Hall and best friend John Caldwell have cared primarily for football and one another. But when recently orphaned Catherine Ann Benson moves to town to live with her grandmother, the boys are immediately drawn to her. At first, the three sixth-graders are just fast friends, but after adolescence sets in, their relationship deepens and complicates. Despite the boys' stellar high school football careers and Catherine Ann's equally sterling academic record, their future plans are fumbled thanks to a botched prank, a secret infatuation, and an accidental pregnancy, all of which will have consequences stretching far into the future. Spanning nearly 30 years, the novel seems unsure of its intentions: is it a romance, a sports saga, or a murder mystery? Most jarring is the novel's unevenness of tone; a detailed description of autoerotic asphyxiation feels out of place compared to rosy-hued scenes of young love, and the poorly-plotted murder mystery is an awkward and unnecessary appendage to what could otherwise have been a satisfying drama. (June)
A love story the size of Texas
After hitting the bestseller list in 2010 with her enthralling first novel, San Antonio writer Leila Meacham returns with the much-anticipated Tumbleweeds. Like Roses, her new work is set in Texas, where drama runs rampant and football stars run the town. Told over the course of decades, this story is a whirlwind full of deceit, murder and unyielding love.
Complete with Friday night football games and a love triangle, Tumbleweeds tells the story of three close friends living in a small Texas Panhandle town. Catherine Ann, a straightlaced California girl, leaves her luxurious home to move in with her grandmother after her parents are killed. She guardedly enters her new life at Kersey Elementary, where she meets the boys who will shape her life.
Pals Trey Don “TD” Hall and John Caldwell act as Catherine Ann’s protectors, ushering her into their world of popularity and football. In one way or another, the three are all orphans, and they quickly form bonds as tight as blood relatives. After several nights of passion and secrets left untold, their lives are forever changed as their familial bond unexpectedly and gravely crumbles. Just like tumbleweeds, they are detached from each other, left to drift in the wind.
Thoughtfully written, Tumbleweeds follows these characters through struggles and growing pains, all born from their family misfortunes and adolescent mistakes. When all is said and done, each person understands the truth of the adage, “timing is everything.” Meacham’s second novel is a juicy page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final page.