The Fixer Upper: A Novel (Paperback)

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The Fixer Upper: A Novel (Paperback)

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“Entirely satisfying, an expert balance of warmth and compassion, terrific supporting characters, a little steamy sex and just enough suspense to keep you from guessing how it will all go down.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A hilarious novel about one woman’s quest to redo an old house . . . and her life, as only New York Times bestseller Mary Kay Andrews can tell it.

After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left unemployed and broke. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father’s offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow.

But when she arrives, Dempsey realizes that “Bird Droppings” would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There’s also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey’s distant relations, who has claimed squatter’s rights and isn’t moving out. Ever.

Everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey’s business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local paper. As if that's not bad enough, pesky FBI agents keep showing up on her doorstep, looking for information about her ex-boss.

All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. Before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected—back home.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels and The Beach House Cookbook. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Product Details ISBN: 9780060837396
ISBN-10: 006083739X
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 448
Language: English

“A summer read that’s guaranteed to satisfy your thirst for Southern fiction at its best.” — Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Entertaining....Delightful.” — Library Journal

“Andrews serves up a tempting and satisfying dish.” — Booklist

“This authentic tale of cleaning up life’s messes and self-discovery is bright, engaging and thoughtful, enlivened by Andrews’s quirky characters and lovely backwoods setting.” — Publishers Weekly

“Entirely satisfying, an expert balance of warmth and compassion, terrific supporting characters, a little steamy sex and just enough suspense to keep you from guessing how it will all go down....As ever, Andrews injects a brisk tale with generous doses of her sassy trademark humor.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Mary Kay Andrews has perfect pitch when it comes to endearing, smart-mouth heroines." — Anne River Siddons, author of Heartbreak Hotel and The Girls of August

“[Andrews is] the queen of sass, and revenge is her favorite ingredient.” — Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Mary Kay Andrews writes with great spirit and vitality.” — Luanne Rice, author of Dream Country