Meet Mattie Rigsby, 78, who keeps a clean house and bakes the best pound cake in Listre, North Carolina. Her children grown, she lives a comfortable and independent life. Her orderly days are about to be disrupted, however, by a stray. Unkempt and unloved, teenaged and delinquent, Wesley Benfield just might need a piece of her apple pie and a verse or two of "Walking Across Egypt", her favorite hymn. As Mattie and Wesley come together, she will fill your heart with appreciation for a generation who still remembers that life is a lot better when it's filled with good food and good manners.
©1987 Clyde Edgerton; (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC
"An unpretentious, finely crafted novel that will linger with the readers like the last strains of a favorite hymn. It is more enjoyable than a pitcher full of sweet tea and one of Mattie's home-cooked dinners." (The Atlanta Journal)
"A winner, a homespun romp that I suspect Mark Twain would have loved." (The Columbia State)
I haven't listened to the audiobook yet, so I will return and either edit this or add another posting about the audio version.
THIS IS A FABULOUS NOVEL. There is no one (I know, there will be someone, a mean person, for instance) who will not enjoy this book.
A close friend of mine who was prevented, by her *own father* to continue school after the 6th-grade (in the 1940s, in a dirt-poor, rural, black community), because she had to go to work and bring in money, LOVED THIS NOVEL (past tense only because she's deceased).
I have a Master's in English, and I LOVE THIS NOVEL. And everyone in-between will love this novel, too. You will laugh so hard that you will be embarrassed if you're out in public. You will find yourself laughing at the memory of some of the priceless scenes, when you're sitting on the bus, and you'll have to cover your face, if you don't want everyone looking at you as if you're an outright crazy person.
And it will touch your heart deeply and restore, if this is needed, your faith in the human race.
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this author but I'm totally in love with his work. Mix a tad "old time religion" humor with the comfort of the daily sameness at your favorite aunts house when you were growing up and top it all off with the perfect amount of nostalgia and southern charm and you have "walking across Egypt." This is the first in over 300 audio books I've listened to twice and I have a feeling everyone that urge to fly back home for a visit comes over me but can't be quenched...ill be playing this book again.
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