The Pecan Man

The Pecan Man

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by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
     
 

The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers…  See more details below

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The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined.

"In prose as smooth and easy as the sweet iced tea so favored by its characters, The Pecan Man uses familiar period issues as a backdrop to examine the motives that drive our individual actions. Each character has to face both the selfishness and the selflessness that inform all human behavior, alternating and occasionally evolving, as they navigate the circumstances of their lives. Although set in the South during a volatile period for the Civil Rights movement, this story is more specifically about how we define family and how, as a family, we forgive the failures and flaws, even when they are our own. Having grown up myself in a small southern town in the 70's, so many memories were stirred by the wonderful sensory desriptions of the town of Mayville...the JC Penney store, the soda counter, the homecoming parade, all seem like home. Likewise, the people who populate the town are typical but so richly developed as to not be stereotypical, driving home the point that no matter what you think you might know about a region, an era or an individual, you rarely know the truth." -Loretta Armentrout

"The Pecan Man could well be a true story. Set in a small Florida town almost 40 years ago, I could almost smell the sand underfoot and the Spanish moss hanging from the pecan trees, as I sat in a rocking chair on Ora Lee's front porch, sipping sweet tea, listening to her spin her tale. The characters are ordinary people, the kind that live next door, or down the street, or across town. Cassie Selleck brings them to life and makes you care about them. Bad things happen to good people, and the choices they make have unforeseen consequences that further complicate their lives. This is a book I could not put down and I recommend it to any serious reader. It is suitable for teenagers as well as for mature readers." -Marie Rogers

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148603313
Publisher:
Cassie Dandridge Selleck
Publication date:
07/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
142
Sales rank:
5,370
File size:
435 KB

Meet the Author

Cassie Dandridge Selleck is a native of Leesburg, Florida, the town that inspired the fictional town of Mayville in the novel. Many landmarks are authentic and recognizable, though the characters and the story are complete works of fiction. Ms. Selleck now makes her home on the banks of the Suwannee River in Northwest Florida with her husband Perry. A writer at heart, this story simmered for ten years before making its debut. The characters are fictional, but have become as real for the author as if they were sitting in her living room. Working on a stage play of The Pecan Man with her daughter Patti Walker, Selleck recently had the opportunity to hear the characters come to life in a staged reading. Many readers have encouraged the making of a movie from The Pecan Man, and the author is taking that advice and working on a screenplay as well.

Ms. Selleck also has a new novel in the works, another story of small town Southern life with quirky characters, so if you fall in love with Ms. Ora and Blanche, you will love Beanie Bradsher!

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The Pecan Man 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is "A Time to Kill", "To Kill a Mockingbird", and "The Help" all rolled into one remarkable story. I read it twice in 3 days. Don't miss this beautifully written story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, thought provoking read.  It is the kind of book that tempts you to turn to the last chapter.  It has been added to my list of favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read. Lovely, little story. Real characters. A refreshing surprise. I would read more by this author.
recentlyenlightened More than 1 year ago
Nice Southern book. I have seen/know characters of this type all my life. This was lovely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, a little short would love to hear the back story. Have already loaned to a friend and she really liked it. We both agree the ending was a big surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was good but almost felt rushed. Character development left much to be desired. But good for a quick weekend read.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
WOW!  What a great story.  Loved the way in which author told her story, felt like I was sitting on a great front porch with a glass of sweet tea, discussing a situation with a dear friend.  Characters were dynamic. Recommend to anyone that wants to read a great story.  Short but powerful.
Naomi3 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much...would definitely read more from the author.
jannieauch More than 1 year ago
The setting and characters in this book brings the Old South alive along with the prejudices that were the norm at the time. It moves forward and subtle changes in the status of friends, not matter what color, show how humanity can mature to honor people for their qualities rather than for their color.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read packed with substance and heart!
Anonymous 2 days ago
I love this book. Just read it!
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Anonymous 11 months ago
A great quick read...the author breaks down each of the characters so that they are their own individual...I was taken aback because of the dates but then being that it took place in the South clears it up a bit.
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I loved this book from the first to the last page! It is a great read that engages you into the lives of the characters.
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I loved this story! Surprises and great writing, charm and wit. Wish this author would write another book. Loved the characters.
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