Monday, December 29, 2014
Never Judge A Book By Its Cover, Or Its Size - "The Pecan Man" by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
I love pecans. Really love pecans.
So when I found out my book club's December selection was "The Pecan Man," I thought, "oh, great a southern mystery and it involves pecans."
However, when I received the book, I was shocked by the fact that it was so small. It's not much bigger than a pamphlet. At not even 100 pages, I guess you could call it a "novela." My first reaction was, "Are you kidding me?"
But despite its brevity, there is nothing small at all about the story it tells. A brilliant piece of fiction written by Cassie Dandridge Selleck , which puts me in mind of "To Kill A Mockingbird."
Painful and provocative, nostalgic and meaningful.
Well worth the read. A very small investment of time for a really great book.
"In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call hime the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When he is arrested for murder, only Ora knows what really happened in the woods where Eddie lived. But truth is a fickle thing, and a lie is self-perpetuating. Ora and her maid Blanche soon find themselves in a web of lies that send an innocent man to prison for the rest of his life. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. (C) From "The Pecan Man" by Cassie Dandridge Selleck (2012 - all rights reserved)
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