The Saints and Sinners of Okay County
In the summer of 1976, the entire state of Oklahoma is celebrating America’s bicentennial. But in the small town of Okay, Aletta Honor has much more on her mind than flags and fireworks. Seven months pregnant with her fourth child, she hasn’t seen her husband, Jimmy, in weeks. Although she can guess where the hound dog has parked his red, white, and-blue van–-in front of the local gin mill, or outside the home of yet another woman for a little “Yankee doodle diddle.”
Flat broke and desperate, Aletta pitches a homemade sign in her front yard that reads: “Psychic Readings $5,” revealing a powerful gift she has kept secret her entire life. Her decision exposes her and her children to all the zealous enemies and quirky supporters a small Oklahoma town can serve up.
The Wings that Fly Us Home
Aletta Honor’s psychic gift for reading people’s futures has vanished overnight. Curiously, the disappearance coincides with a mysterious visit from a Native American from New Mexico who comes bearing an eagle feather and a cryptic message. Then a cousin Aletta never knew she had (a political revolutionary on the run from the FBI), suddenly appears on her doorstep and shares a shocking family secret.
One thing’s for sure: Aletta is poised for change. Her no-good alcoholic ex-husband is stirring up trouble, a new lover turns out to be bad news, and she can’t bear another day of faking her way through psychic readings. Frantic to regain her clairvoyance, she hits the road for New Mexico with some kooky friends dying for an adventure outside their small-town world. While in the “Land of Enchantment,” she makes a shocking discovery about her ancestry and the source of her psychic gifts.
Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma
(Also awarded to bestselling author Billie Letts)
“Beautifully written... [A] funny and poignant story of a woman struggling to liberate herself in small-town America.”
— Fannie Flagg (Bestselling Author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe)
“Dayna Dunbar writes with charm and good humor, and in Aletta Honor has created a character you'll remember long after finishing the book.”
— Lorna Landvik (Bestselling Author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons)
“Dunbar's no-frills writing style, engaging pacing and cast of kooky saints and sinners make Aletta's unconventional story about taking control of her life a pleasant, all-too-rapid read.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Dunbar's novel is both sensitively written and absorbing…. This is an impressive first novel, with a warmhearted and tough heroine.”
— The American Library Association’s Booklist