Tina Jordan
January 14, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Nanci Kincaid
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Okay, so there’s not much actually believable about Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi, a charming ?little whiff of a novel. ?Not the plot. Not the ?descriptions. And certainly not the three main characters: the emotionally stunted Mississippi-?bred brother and sister, Truely and Courtney Noonan, and Arnold, the swaggering, chatty inner-city teenager they ?turn into some sort of improvement ?project (the poor kid is forced to listen to books on tape to study for the GED, and expand his culinary horizons). And yet…there’s something raffish and whimsical about Nanci Kincaid’s prose that hooks you good and pulls you in. Realistic the story may not be; affecting, it definitely is. A?

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