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In my last Gilmore Girls post, For the Love of Stars Hollow,  I wrote about how creator Amy Sherman-Palladino took everything that was cozy, comforting, and loveable about Americana and distilled it into the town of Stars Hollow, the setting of her series.

In my book Miss You Once Again, a small town setting was also hugely important to my main character Lee Trenton’s development. In fact, I don’t think I could have written the same story if Lee settled her deceased grandmother’s estate in a metropolis like Chicago or Los Angeles.

In a large, impersonal setting Lee would not have experienced the same character conflicts and challenges to her loner ways that she did in tiny Eden Grove, Mississippi. She could have stayed just a she ever was, disappearing into the anonymous background of a large city. But Eden Grove and its inhabitants, however, didn’t let her get away that easily.

Both Lorelai Gilmore and Lee Trenton are quirky, strong women. Yet it took a supportive and loving small-town community for these leading ladies to become the self-confident and engaged women they developed into.

If it takes a village to raise a child, I think it takes an Eden Grove or a Stars Hollow to support a strong woman.

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Kelly Baugh

 

 Kelly Baugh is the author of Miss You Once Again and Granny Bob's Homestyle Cooking

  

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