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In Memory of Junior
     

In Memory of Junior

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by Clyde Edgerton
 

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"An American treasure...Edgerton s a mater of the old-fashioned American art of tale-spinning. His literary line goes back straight as an arrow to the likes of Sherwood Anderson and Mark Twain."THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNEJoin the folks in Summerlin, North Carolina, as they attend to the sad, crazy, but inevitable business of passing on--and passing down. For a whole

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"An American treasure...Edgerton s a mater of the old-fashioned American art of tale-spinning. His literary line goes back straight as an arrow to the likes of Sherwood Anderson and Mark Twain."THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNEJoin the folks in Summerlin, North Carolina, as they attend to the sad, crazy, but inevitable business of passing on--and passing down. For a whole pack of relatives is waiting to see who dies first. Will it be Glenn or Laura Bales? The order will determine which children from which marriage will get the land. And if tha tisn't enough intrigue, hell-raising black sheep Uncle Grove McCord has decided that Summerlin should be his final resting place--and he's about to arrive still very much alive....


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Shelby Hearon
"In Memory of Junior" is a larky, down-home chronicle of deaths foretold and retold. Clyde Edgerton ("The Floatplane Notebooks" and "Walking Across Egypt") has spun a sunny, funny anthology, a long way from Spoon River. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edgerton ( Killer Diller ) again expertly conducts a chorus of ornery individuals in this prime example of entertaining, down-home Southern fiction. With considerable panache and humor, he assumes the first-person voices of the busybodies, war vets, good old boys and sole misunderstood teen ``hippie'' of Summerlin, N.C. These forthright folks are concerned--more pragmatically than emotionally--with the impending demise of waning, elderly Glenn Bales and his second wife, Laura. Glenn and Laura each have children from previous marriages. If Glenn dies first, his two sons lose their right to the family property and Laura's daughter becomes the legal heir; if Laura is the first to go, vice versa. Naturally, Summerlin's know-it-all residents take sides in the morbid endurance contest and can't resist proffering biased, highly amusing remarks on family loyalty, compromise, morality and death. Some 20 major and minor characters have their say, yet through some miracle of narrative the tale remains consistently uncluttered. Skilled storyteller Edgerton performs an enviable balancing act that demonstrates mastery of dialogue, irony and characterization. Author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The Bales-McCord family of North Carolina are distantly related to the Copeland family of Edgerton's The Floatplane Notebooks ( LJ 10/1/88). Their story is similar, too, with strained relationships and cemetery gatherings. The humor here is wry and more restrained than in Walking Across Egypt ( LJ 3/15/87), the tone more somber. Faison and Tate were deserted by their mother when Tate was just a baby, and father Glenn remarried and produced Faye. Now Faye's mother and Glenn hover near death, and their offspring worry about who will die first and who will inherit the family acreage. Meanwhile, Uncle Grove (brother to Glenn's first wife) is heading home to die, and Faison and his ex-wife are fighting over what goes on her son Junior's gravestone. Complicated? Yes, and often morbid, but Edgerton is the new master of Southern family tales.-- Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345383600
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/04/1993
Pages:
256

Meet the Author


Clyde Edgerton is the author of eight novels, five of which have been New York Times Notables. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and performs with his band, Rank Strangers. Author Web site—www.clydeedgerton.com.

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