The central character, Sarah Walters, grows up in Charleston and follows her family legacy by becoming a member of the Camellias debutante society. She learns the dances and attends the functions, but when it comes to the rules of etiquette, Sarah strays off the path. She is not the good cook and obedient wife her mother wishes her to be, and makes choices that go against everything she learned in debutante school.
Sarah attends college in the North, and moves to NYC with a fellow Camellia. Sarah's job is far from the glamorous journalism career she imagined, her relationships fail, and she sleeps with men she does not care about to fill a void she does not care to explain even to herself. Before she knows it, Sarah is thirty-five, unmarried, and going nowhere fast. However, through it all, Sarah's roots lie in the Charleston debutante society she fought hard to escape, and her most long-lasting relationships are with the Camellias she thought she had nothing in common with.
I thought Katie Crouch's Girls in Trucks was a delightful read - touching, complicated, a story many women could associate with. Sarah Walters was not a perfect character, but her faults made her more real, more believable, and I found myself rooting for her to finally find some peace and meaning in her life.