This story revolves around Mattie, her son Robert, and Wesley who is a juvenile delinquent. Mattie is independent and likes it that way, but Robert is beginning to think that maybe she'd be better off in a senior home for retired ladies. This doesn't suit her at all. Then she has a run in with Wesley.
The crux of the story is who to live life. A teen discovers being a deliquent really isn't that cool. A son discovers there is more to his mother than he realizes. A senior citizen discovers there is still a lot more of learning and living to do. A congregation learns that being Christian is more than going to church.
This is Southern homespun living at its best with the humor, food, dialect and down home neighborliness you would love to experience first hand.
If you liked Spitfire grill, you will like this. This is a modern day telling of the story of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal son but greatly expanded and more humorous. It's Southern writing with a good message
This was also made into a movie which starred Jessica Tandy. It did a decent but not spectacular telling of the story. When you read this you will want to sit yourself down and have some fried chicken and a mason jar of sweet tea
Clyde Edgerton for years has taught creative writing at a college in North Carolina. He did write a sequel to this book as well. After I had read this book I met someone who took his classes and said he really was a wonderful teacher and had a love for the art of writing.
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