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Wheelchair-bound Caney Paxton owns a cafe - the Honk and Holler - way out in the middle of nowhere, in eastern Oklahoma. He's got great friends and customers, including the old Molly O. and Bui Khanh, a Vietnamese immigrant who's living for the day his beloved Nguyet comes to the United States, too. It's when Vena Takes Horse, a Crow woman who's in her midthirties, arrives at Caney's door that his life begins to get interesting. She shows up with a stray dog just barely holding on to life. After Caney hires Vena as a carhop, they become close and she reveals to him her sad secrets.
This report prepared by Ann Gaines



The Honk and Holler, a diner in small-town Oklahoma, has been in business for twelve years with its "opening soon" sign never removed. Fewer strangers pass through town, and the curious local regulars aren't enough business to support the diner anymore. Then comes Vena Takes Horse, hired as a carhop, who shakes up the town and the diner's worn-down owner, the Vietnam vet Caney. She teaches the locals about hope and humor.
This report prepared by Jessica Marler








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Life of a profession:    -   waitor/waitress Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   American Indian

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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