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Publisher Description

Sometimes you have to return to the place where you began, to arrive at the place where you belong.

It’s the early 1970s. The town of Ringgold, Georgia, has a population of 1,923, one traffic light, one Dairy Queen, and one Catherine Grace Cline. The daughter of Ringgold’s third-generation Baptist preacher, Catherine Grace is quick-witted, more than a little stubborn, and dying to escape her small-town life.

Every Saturday afternoon, she sits at the Dairy Queen, eating Dilly Bars and plotting her getaway to Atlanta. And when, with the help of a family friend, the dream becomes a reality, she immediately packs her bags, leaving her family and the boy she loves to claim the life she’s always imagined. But before things have even begun to get off the ground in Atlanta, tragedy brings Catherine Grace back home. As a series of extraordinary events alter her perspective--and sweeping changes come to Ringgold itself--Catherine Grace begins to wonder if her place in the world may actually be, against all odds, right where she began.

Intelligent, charming, and utterly readable, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen marks the debut of a talented new literary voice.

Fiction & Literature
February 12
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Rachelcb ,

Quick read

Good book. Slow beginning but great end!

PierresFamily ,


Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen is Susan Gregg Gilmore's heartwarming novel about a young woman who is trying to find her own way and place in the world, while balancing that with loyalty and commitment to family and friends. She accomplishes that after growing up in a smalll town, as a PK - Preacher's Kid, a double whammy! As someone who grew up Baptist in a small town, I can attest to the fact that it is an authentic portrayal. I won't give away an spoliers, but she also throws in a bit of romance, with a suspenseful twist.

Papillion727 ,

Amazing character development

This is much more than a coming of age story. The challenges faced and overcome by the protagonist are so complex that few adults could rise above them. Although it takes place in a small town in Georgia, I could see it in a small farming town in the Midwest. Some of the food might be different but it would be plentiful and have the same meaning.

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