Title: Pie Town
Author: Lynne Hinton
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5
Despite its delicious-sounding name, there aren’t any pies to be found in Pie Town. There isn’t much of anything to bring this small community together – they aren’t very welcoming and can’t agree upon anything. But the one thing the community celebrates is Alex, a disabled young boy. When a new priest, Father George, and a hitchhiking young woman, Trina, arrive in Pie Town, it’s only a matter of time before the residents drive them out. That is, unless Alex has something to say about it.
Pie Town is a feel-good novel about a community that has become steeped in its bitterness. While none of the residents are outwardly rude to Father George, no one welcomes him either. And Trina is viewed with suspicion – a young woman, alone, is the type to have a “reputation”. It’s sweet when Alex takes to Trina and makes sure she feels welcome in the community.
The novel hints at tension between the different ethnic communities that make up Pie Town, though it doesn’t go into depth and explore them. It does portray the dynamics of a small town, with its quirky denizens, very well. Alex is really the heart of this book; his sweet and innocent nature is only compounded by the fact that he is wise beyond his years.
The plot of Pie Town is straightforward and predictable, and as a result, the book isn’t story-driven. It is definitely a heartwarming novel, but if you’re looking for more than that in a book – something to chew on, with tension and conflict that goes above the surface – you may way to pass on this book.