Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears

Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears

A freak accident forces a New Yorker to return to Louisiana and confront her Cajun past There is nothing more dangerous than a spooked rhinoceros. It is just before lunchtime when Huey, the prized black rhino of Broussard, Louisiana, erupts from his enclosure, trampling a zoo employee on his way to a rampage in the Cajun countryside. The incident makes the rounds onlin A freak accident forces a New Yorker to return to Louisiana and confront her Cajun past There is nothing more dangerous...

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  • Cordula
    Jun 23, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

  • Matt
    Jun 04, 2015

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

    At fifty-years-old, Katherine is doing pretty well for herself in New York. She has a successful job working for an advertising magazine, she has a sizable nest egg in the bank, and she spends her vacation time in far flung parts of the world seeing more than she ever imagined she coul...

    Thirty years after arriving as a 20-year-old in New York City, time rushes back towards Katherine Fontenot. She tried to run from her family in Louisiana, but if she loses her job, if her sister dies, what is she going to do? Her younger sister, ?the sane? one, gets gored by a rhin...

    The first thing that struck me about Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears was the cadence of the language, the Cajun dialect. I spent a few years in Louisiana and was immediately taken back to that time. The sound of it felt accurate and, sure enough, the author hails from the very area he?...

    The publisher has provided me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. First I just have to mention that the cover art intrigued me?and the title as well. It took me longer than expected to finish this book because I've been a bit busy with work-related things, but bette...

    "I'm so glad you came," Sonny says after his crying tapers off to a manageable whimper. "Karen-Anne always said one of 'em would have to die to get you back here for something other than Christmas." Katie-Lee Fontenot aka Katherine to her New York friends and co-workers is surfing t...

    Though this book is written by a middle-aged man, it is solidly in the chick-lit category. The story is a bit contrived and overly-simple, but still entertaining. I thought the Louisiana setting was unique, and certainly the interaction between these characters in Cajun country provide...

    I went to grad school with Ken and we were friends, so, you know.... I liked the small details of this story-- both the bitterness of the observations of Katherine the NY cynic and a lot of the detail stuff about Cajun country also rang true. There's a lot of funny, genuine stuff he...

  • April Kyle Nassi
    Jul 02, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

  • April
    Oct 09, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

    At fifty-years-old, Katherine is doing pretty well for herself in New York. She has a successful job working for an advertising magazine, she has a sizable nest egg in the bank, and she spends her vacation time in far flung parts of the world seeing more than she ever imagined she coul...

  • Cheryl
    Jul 20, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

  • Laura
    Jul 08, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

    At fifty-years-old, Katherine is doing pretty well for herself in New York. She has a successful job working for an advertising magazine, she has a sizable nest egg in the bank, and she spends her vacation time in far flung parts of the world seeing more than she ever imagined she coul...

    Thirty years after arriving as a 20-year-old in New York City, time rushes back towards Katherine Fontenot. She tried to run from her family in Louisiana, but if she loses her job, if her sister dies, what is she going to do? Her younger sister, ?the sane? one, gets gored by a rhin...

    The first thing that struck me about Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears was the cadence of the language, the Cajun dialect. I spent a few years in Louisiana and was immediately taken back to that time. The sound of it felt accurate and, sure enough, the author hails from the very area he?...

    The publisher has provided me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. First I just have to mention that the cover art intrigued me?and the title as well. It took me longer than expected to finish this book because I've been a bit busy with work-related things, but bette...

    "I'm so glad you came," Sonny says after his crying tapers off to a manageable whimper. "Karen-Anne always said one of 'em would have to die to get you back here for something other than Christmas." Katie-Lee Fontenot aka Katherine to her New York friends and co-workers is surfing t...

  • Tracy
    Jul 16, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

  • Melissa
    Jun 22, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 29, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

  • Lorilin
    Jul 02, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

    At fifty-years-old, Katherine is doing pretty well for herself in New York. She has a successful job working for an advertising magazine, she has a sizable nest egg in the bank, and she spends her vacation time in far flung parts of the world seeing more than she ever imagined she coul...

    Thirty years after arriving as a 20-year-old in New York City, time rushes back towards Katherine Fontenot. She tried to run from her family in Louisiana, but if she loses her job, if her sister dies, what is she going to do? Her younger sister, ?the sane? one, gets gored by a rhin...

    The first thing that struck me about Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears was the cadence of the language, the Cajun dialect. I spent a few years in Louisiana and was immediately taken back to that time. The sound of it felt accurate and, sure enough, the author hails from the very area he?...

    The publisher has provided me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. First I just have to mention that the cover art intrigued me?and the title as well. It took me longer than expected to finish this book because I've been a bit busy with work-related things, but bette...

    "I'm so glad you came," Sonny says after his crying tapers off to a manageable whimper. "Karen-Anne always said one of 'em would have to die to get you back here for something other than Christmas." Katie-Lee Fontenot aka Katherine to her New York friends and co-workers is surfing t...

    Though this book is written by a middle-aged man, it is solidly in the chick-lit category. The story is a bit contrived and overly-simple, but still entertaining. I thought the Louisiana setting was unique, and certainly the interaction between these characters in Cajun country provide...

  • Lelia Taylor
    Oct 24, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

    At fifty-years-old, Katherine is doing pretty well for herself in New York. She has a successful job working for an advertising magazine, she has a sizable nest egg in the bank, and she spends her vacation time in far flung parts of the world seeing more than she ever imagined she coul...

    Thirty years after arriving as a 20-year-old in New York City, time rushes back towards Katherine Fontenot. She tried to run from her family in Louisiana, but if she loses her job, if her sister dies, what is she going to do? Her younger sister, ?the sane? one, gets gored by a rhin...

    The first thing that struck me about Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears was the cadence of the language, the Cajun dialect. I spent a few years in Louisiana and was immediately taken back to that time. The sound of it felt accurate and, sure enough, the author hails from the very area he?...

  • Anna Tan
    Jun 18, 2017

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

  • PfromJ
    Jun 30, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

  • Meg
    Nov 07, 2013

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

  • Elisabeth Cordova
    Jun 19, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

  • Caly ☯ Crazy Book Lady
    Nov 29, 2017

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

  • Hannah
    Oct 15, 2015

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

  • Kaeri
    Jul 03, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

    At fifty-years-old, Katherine is doing pretty well for herself in New York. She has a successful job working for an advertising magazine, she has a sizable nest egg in the bank, and she spends her vacation time in far flung parts of the world seeing more than she ever imagined she coul...

    Thirty years after arriving as a 20-year-old in New York City, time rushes back towards Katherine Fontenot. She tried to run from her family in Louisiana, but if she loses her job, if her sister dies, what is she going to do? Her younger sister, ?the sane? one, gets gored by a rhin...

    The first thing that struck me about Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears was the cadence of the language, the Cajun dialect. I spent a few years in Louisiana and was immediately taken back to that time. The sound of it felt accurate and, sure enough, the author hails from the very area he?...

    The publisher has provided me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. First I just have to mention that the cover art intrigued me?and the title as well. It took me longer than expected to finish this book because I've been a bit busy with work-related things, but bette...

  • Kelly
    Jul 13, 2017

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

  • Susan Obryan
    Jul 15, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

  • Kyle  Anne Uniss
    Jul 01, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

  • Mary
    Jun 13, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

  • Sharon
    Jul 06, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

  • Matt
    Jul 21, 2015

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

    At fifty-years-old, Katherine is doing pretty well for herself in New York. She has a successful job working for an advertising magazine, she has a sizable nest egg in the bank, and she spends her vacation time in far flung parts of the world seeing more than she ever imagined she coul...

    Thirty years after arriving as a 20-year-old in New York City, time rushes back towards Katherine Fontenot. She tried to run from her family in Louisiana, but if she loses her job, if her sister dies, what is she going to do? Her younger sister, ?the sane? one, gets gored by a rhin...

  • The Advocate
    Jul 15, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

  • Marjorie
    Jul 18, 2014

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

  • Deborah R Reader
    Jun 20, 2019

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

  • Beverly B. Bright
    Oct 31, 2017

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

  • Ali
    Mar 14, 2017

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...

    This was SUCH a fun and sweet read. I loved the characters and the main character's development. Really hits the heart, but in a good way. ...

  • Charlotte Romero
    Feb 21, 2018

    (2.5) I?d never heard of Ken Wheaton, even though this is his third novel. It sounded delightfully unusual (the title and cover are especially appealing), opening with what seems like a freak accident: a black rhino trampling a zookeeper in Louisiana. Except that Katherine Fontenot, ...

    Mais, yeah! I loved dis here book, cher! If you're from Louisiana you'll understand that sentence. For the rest, with little knowledge of the Cajuns, let me translate: "Well, yes! I loved this book, dear!" Seriously, Ken Wheaton took me back to the good ole days growing up in Opel...

    Ken Wheaton?s Sweet As Cane, Salty As Tears is a funny, honest story of middle age and coming to terms with who you are, where you came from, and what your future holds. Katie-Lee, or Katherine, Fontenot is a 50 year-old Cajun girl living in New York City. Everyday she fights her ...

    This great summer read, with a likeable, completely identifiable 50-year old woman, was written by a ? what? A 41 year old GUY? (I even double-checked, thinking that ?Ken? might be short for Kendra or something.) But Ken it is, and he definitely gets it right. Sweet As Cane i...

    This is why I love GR Challenges. I would never have found this book or thought to read it if not for a challenge requirement and I am Oh so glad that I did. As a child of the 70s myself, I could relate to the cultural references of the time and anyone with siblings could relate in som...

    This review can be found on my blog This book was a nice blend of current day life and past day Southern roots and traditions. The main character, Katie-Lee or Katherine as she is called in her New York life, finds out that her sister Karen-Anne has been injured via a Facebook post ...

    This book - it had me smiling at the Prologue. I went into it not knowing what to expect. Katie-Lee (or Katherine to her New York office colleagues) has left Louisiana behind after a family tragedy to work for a magazine in NYC. Addicted to facebook, she uses it as her only real means ...

    This is...not a good book. It features Katherine, a 50 year old living in New York City where she ran to after a tragedy in Louisiana. She doesn't have a good relationship with her family, so she finds out that her sister Karen-Ann was gored by an escaping rhino via facebook. She heads...

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book started off slow for me but once I got into it I could not put it down. I read it in one day. It is about a woman who grew up in Louisiana and just walk away from her family and life when she was 20. She ended up in New York. She creates ...

    The novel should come with a warning:"If you don't appreciate the South, don't read this book." However, anyone with an appreciation of Southern idiosyncrasies will end up rolling on the floor with laughter. And where did Ken Wheaton pick up the nuances of a daughter of the South who w...

    This review is based on an ARC provided to me by the publisher. Loved, loved, loved this book. Katherine is a 50-ish woman living the New York Dream - at least on the surface. As Wheaton gently unwraps her story we come to know her as Katie-Lee, a sharecropper's daughter who fled he...

    If you liked "Steel Magnolias", anything by Fannie Flagg, or Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen series, you'll like this book! While the bulk of the action takes place in NYC and not down south in Louisiana, it still evokes that same atmosphere throughout the story. It's a little...

    I really liked this story about Katie Lee who fled Louisiana at the age of 20 after an unspeakable tragedy, only to find herself home after another tragedy 30 years later. Her reflection on her life at 50...her relationship (or lack of) with her family...her friends...I liked it all. T...

    When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to flip it over and start again. But I decided I should try to stop sniveling on the subway first. Wheaton created characters whose voices ring so true and clear that I could imagine slapping mosquitoes on the family porch right along wit...

    "Ken Wheaton gets back to his Opelousas roots with a quick and cathartic read. It?s perfect for the beach; the surf will drown out the sound of you laughing to yourself." Read more here. ...

    Really enjoyed this. A wonderful story that everyone can relate to. Reading this was like making a visit back home. ...

    Great book! Funny and quick, deep and touching. When you're done you'll want to book a trip to Louisiana just to get some boudin! ...

    I sought out this book after reading Wheaton's First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival. I was not disappointed. What happens when a young woman who has the world in the palm of her hands encounters a tragedy and runs away instead of dealing with it? This book is what happens. I'm no...

    Loved this book! I can relate to this story in so many ways. Large family and all the good and bad that goes with that...country living, using a chamber pot/outhouse,etc... I moved away from family to the South, as a result I know about Cajun Country too! Try it, you'll like it. ...

    I was looking for something new to read and the description sounded interesting, but I'm at 40% and bored and annoyed. I'd usually just finish it anyway, but I've amassed a backlog and don't have the energy to do so. ...

    A glimpse This book gives one a large glimpse of life in the south for this family as they were growing up.the hard times the funny times and all about family ties.good read ...

    Good Book, Just a good old Cajun book. Recognized all the places in the book as I am from South Louisiana. Would recommend this book to family members and friends. ...