Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen - Susan Gregg Gilmore

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

By Susan Gregg Gilmore

  • Release Date: 2008-02-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings


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

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

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

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


  • Amazing character development

    By Papillion727
    This is much more than a coming of age story. The challenges faced and overcome by the protagonist are so complex that few adults could rise above them. Although it takes place in a small town in Georgia, I could see it in a small farming town in the Midwest. Some of the food might be different but it would be plentiful and have the same meaning.
  • Great read!

    By pegmarsh
    I could certainly identify with the main character, Catherine Grace, in this story. Sometimes we get so caught up in our dreams we don't see or appreciate what we already have. For some of us we realize in time and for others it's too late. No matter what your religious affiliation, belief, or non belief, this book is worth reading. Good life lessons no matter where you stand on the spiritual or religious spectrum.
  • Coming home for me

    By PT106
    Having been "raised", as we say in the south, in a town like Ringgold and very near Ringgold, this book was like coming home. I don't know if other people will find it as interesting and comforting as I did because of its familiarity. But if you like Southern coming of age stories like "The Secret Life of Bees", then this book is one you will love.
  • Looking for salvation at the Dairy Queen

    By Mis Reviews
    Don't bother with this one, a real waist of my time!
  • Quick read

    By Rachelcb
    Good book. Slow beginning but great end!