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Overview

"Pearson's is a different and distinctive voice and a most welcome one. In this novel his talent shows sparks of genius."
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Young Louis Benfield tells the story of his tiny little North Carolina town. There is the looniness of his family, the town of characters, the charm and naviete that gives us a world unknown, and stories that deserve to be told about how it is to grow up a certain kind of way, and to suddenly discover there's a world beyond your own that calls to you....

Neely, North Carolina as narrated by the naive and knowing Louis Benfield.

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Pearson's 1985 outing is another one of those humorous novels set in a fictional Southern town populated by eccentrics. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671543525
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1988
  • Edition number: 38
  • Pages: 381

Meet the Author

T. R. Pearson is the author of eight novels, including Polar and Blue Ridge, a New York Times Notable Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Made me laugh out loud!

    One of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Books usually don't make me laugh out loud; this one did. I grew up in a small southern town so I could identify with the way the characters interacted and spoke. The characters were extremely quirky and eccentric but never annoyingly so. I also appreciated the author making the characters eccentric, not dumb southern hicks. You could tell the author loved the characters he had created. The book really is a series of vignettes. I usually like a book with a stronger, more cohesive plot but I forgave the book for not having this because I grew to love the characters. Every once in a while, the book would take a poignant turn amidst the zaniness. All in all, a very satisfying book that I would highly recommend. Especially if feeling depressed. If you don't laugh with the book, you will DEFINITELY have a big smile while reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    My fave book of all time!!!

    Happiness is a Dr. Pepper, a rocking chair and a t.r.pearson novel!!!!

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    The ultimate 'back story'

    I'm from the South, so I'm well versed in the 'back story', or as my friend from Union Springs, Alabama, calls them, 'bunny trails'. But these trails get so far off the path it turns into a tangle. Humorous? Yes, in places. Preoccupied with death somewhat, but what good Southern isn't? Glad I got this one as a freebie (or .99). If you love long sentences relaying what someone told someone else's 2nd cousin once removed to the postman's wife's sister's friend's husband, then go for it! For me, I'm glad it's over.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

    Excellent and Humorous

    I loved the humor and the unassuming style of writing. If you like quirky characters and odd stories that could actually happen where you live, you will want to read this book. I am here b/c I am looking for another book by this author with the hope that he is consistently wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    good read!!!

    This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. It is a very funny depiction of life in a small town where everybody knows everybody else's business and their life stories.

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