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A little book with a lot of punch

  • Jul 14, 2010
This book is like enjoying a good old fashioned Sunday come to supper. Ya'll come back and keep on reading. The setting is a small Southern town in North Carolina and mostly centers on the home of Mattie, a spunky senior citizen who takes no guff. She says she likes living on her own but has a way of inviting folks in for her lavish homey luncheons that you wish you could attend.

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.


A little book with a lot of punch

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review by . July 13, 2010
Written by Clyde Edgerton in 1987, Walking Across Egypt is a book that will make you look at the reality of aging from a new angle or a another point of view. It's a good read for anyone, young or older, who likes a story that's heartfelt and southern too. A 78 year-old widow, by the name of Mattie Rigsbee is the protagonist. She is a very self-sufficient older lady who hails from Listre, North Carolina, which is the setting for the story. Mattie is the the mother of two older …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
If you love southern cooking you will love this book. The characters are always eating and learning some great life lessons in the process
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