Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
This is quite literally the best book I have read in a year! The adventures of Jinx and Ned made me laugh out loud, the yearning of Abilene for her train hopping father and truth behind his many secrets made me worry she would never find her piece, and watching the town unravel and put itself back together made me cry out loud. (My husband must have thought I was losing my mind!) I would recommend this book to young and old.
(from back of book)
The air in Miss Sadie's parlor was hot and thick. I thought that sitting on one of those red velvety couches chock-full of fringy pillows was probably akin to suffocating. I took a deep breath and ventured around the room.
The double door of the parlor whooshed open. A large fleshy woman stood before me in full regalia. Her eyes were all made up; her earring and bracelets jangled. The sign in the window said Miss Sadie was a medium. From the look of her, I'd have said that was a bit wishful.
Thinking she hadn't seen me, I turned to make a clean getaway. "Sit down," she said, her av oice thick and savory, like goulash. She put her hands flat on the table. "Let us see if today the spirits are willing to peak." Suddenly, it became clear: A diviner. A medium. This woman was a fortune-teller and a spirit conjurer. If you believed in that sort of thing.