A Short History of a Small Place

A Short History of a Small Place

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by T. R. Pearson
     
 

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Marvelously funny, bittersweet, and beautifully evocative, the original publication of A Short History of a Small Place announced the arrival of one of our great Southern voices. Although T. R. Pearson's Neely, North Carolina, doesn't appear on any map of the state, it has already earned a secure place on the literary landscape of the South. In this

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Marvelously funny, bittersweet, and beautifully evocative, the original publication of A Short History of a Small Place announced the arrival of one of our great Southern voices. Although T. R. Pearson's Neely, North Carolina, doesn't appear on any map of the state, it has already earned a secure place on the literary landscape of the South. In this introduction to Neely, the young narrator, Louis Benfield, recounts the tragic last days of Miss Myra Angelique Pettigrew, a local spinster and former town belle who, after years of total seclusion, returns flamboyantly to public view-with her pet monkey, Mr. Britches. Here is a teeming human comedy inhabited by some of the most eccentric and endearing characters ever encountered in literature.

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Library Journal
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.
From the Publisher
"An absolute stunner . . . In a small place in North Carolina, Pearson has found the stuff of life." (The Washington Post Book World)

"Anyone from anywhere should feel a fond familiarity with the citizens of Neely." (The New York Times Book Review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101126936
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
438,410
File size:
426 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"An absolute stunner . . . In a small place in North Carolina, Pearson has found the stuff of life." (The Washington Post Book World)

"Anyone from anywhere should feel a fond familiarity with the citizens of Neely." (The New York Times Book Review)

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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Short History of a Small Place 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happiness is a Dr. Pepper, a rocking chair and a t.r.pearson novel!!!!
Donna Greenwood More than 1 year ago
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.
readawake More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.