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Sittin' in the Front Pew: A Novel

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    Family Feud & Ladies Lament

    When we grieve for a parent, it is vital to recall the cherished memories & shared experiences of family life, and that is what Edward "Eddie" Naylor's daughters did in this novel. Those memories flooded their hearts with far more thoughts than they imagined possible. Their days of grief that followed Eddie's death were not a time of short summaries or quick snapshots but a time of deeply remembering details, stories, and the impact of his whole life. It was a time to pause, reflect, and honor Eddie, yet some secrets surfaced that caused chaos & confusion for the lamenting ladies of Eddie's life and caused many a family feud. A developed plot, characters, and properly placed drama along with some perverse language kept this storyline moving forward; keeps you in suspense trying to figure out all of Eddie's secrets. A good read you should enjoy this novel. Favorable review: Intriguing and suspense-filled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003


    I enjoyed the characters and there is always some in the bunch during a death that act the same. Loved the ending and the sister in red.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    A Family Deals With Death

    In the beginning of the novel the narrator, Glynda, is in California and gets a phone call from home telling her that her father is dead. In shock she calls her best friend Rico. She helps her get her stuff together and makes plane arrangements for her to go back home. She finally gets home to where her three sisters are, and they start to plan for their father¿s funeral. Their father Eddie Naylor was going to get married to his fiancé, Estelle. Two of the sisters don¿t want to include her at all because she¿s not family. The other two believe the she was as close to their father as they were and that she should be included. This becomes a big issue in the planning of the funeral. The sisters bicker and bite throughout the whole novel. Then Uncle Thomas comes into the picture, one of Eddie Naylor¿s good friends. No one really wants to deal with the sisters bitter attitudes but Uncle Thomas, he puts up with them and keeps them informed about how their father would not agree with the way that they are treating each other. Finally Estelle is included to help with the funeral arrangements. She tells the girls that their father had a will written up. In his will he is very specific about how they should go about planning his funeral. He has the color of his casket, where to have his funeral, many very specific details. Their father made sure that it wouldn¿t be a burden for any of them to plan his funeral. It still didn¿t help. As they are going through the will they come across a beneficiary that no one knows. Her name is Nina Blackford. Uncle Thomas, Estelle, nor any of the sisters know her. The main theme of the novel is when a loved one dies the bad side of people can come out. Parry ¿Ebony Satin¿ Brown explores the true side of the Naylor girls when their father dies. She does a great job portraying the other side of the sisters. It is presented when one of the sisters, become greedy trying to buy things cheap when they have ample amount of money. The novel deals with real life issues. Reading it could help you learn how to deal with situations like this, you can learn from the character¿s mistakes. Throughout the whole novel many questions arise: who is this Nina Blackford? Why is she a beneficiary of the insurance policy? Did Estelle cause our father¿s death by making him take Viagra? Who should be included in making the funeral decisions? Why did he call each and every one of us and told us he loved us? Did daddy know his time was coming? The answers to all of these very real questions can be found in Brown¿s novel Sittin¿ in The Front Pew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    I love the front pew

    Parrin Brown gives you everything you need in a great summer read. I'm so happy I picked up her first novel, which made me run for the second one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    A True Page Turner Full of Emotion

    This story of family, love, greed, and need, was very well written. I was inspired by the sisters ability to love one another even in the wake of all of their vast difference's. I was saddened by the father's inability to show his family and friend's that he was only a man. I was strangled by my laughter at the inappropriate behavior of friends. This book ran the full gamet on emotion. I laughed, I was anger, I cried (almost from the beginning to the end)finally I was satisfied. I SELDOM enjoy any book more than, 'it was alright' but this was excellent,so much so I had to call my friend while she was on vaction to tell her to pick it up. I only gave it 4 stars because of some typographical errors.

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