Lunch at the Piccadilly

Lunch at the Piccadilly

by Clyde Edgerton
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Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton

In his eighth deliciously funny novel, Clyde Edgerton introduces us to the irrepressible Lil Olive, who's recently arrived at the Rosehaven Convalescence Center to recuperate from a bad fall. Lil longs to be back in her own apartment, and since her driver's license doesn't expire until her ninety-seventh birthday, she also longs to get back behind the wheel of her sporty '89 Olds. To pass the time until independence, Lil strikes up some new friendships. Mrs. Maudie Lowe and Mrs. Beatrice Satterwhite, who are laying bets on whether Clara Cochran's glass eye comes out at night. And L. Ray Flowers, the freelance evangelical preacher with fancy white hair who sings his sermons, strums a mean guitar, and aspires to an even higher calling. Keeping a watchful eye on them all is Carl, Lil's middle-aged bachelor nephew with a heart of gold and the patience of a saint. But soon Rosehaven is turned upside down and the outcome is anyone's guess. Lil and the girls steal a car and hit the highway. L. Ray's vision of a national movement to unite churches and nursing homes (Nurches of America) is embraced by the residents. And then there's Darla Avery's dirty little secret, which could spell the end for the visionary preacher.

Edgerton looks at the challenges of aging with sympathy, sensitivity, and his trademark sense of humor. Like the bestseller Walking Across Egypt, this is vintage Edgerton: wise, wistful, and laugh-out-loud funny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565127715
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 233,487
File size: 2 MB

About 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—

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Lunch at the Piccadilly 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a cute slice of life book. There are some entertaning passages and a few memorable characters but not much else. Often books about growing old push us to look back on our lives and review the choices we made or how we would of done things differently, I wished for more from this book but the character development is thin and there is not much to keep you engrossed. If you are looking for a fast read this should do, but don't expect too much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Lunch at the Piccadilly' is vintage Edgerton: eccentric, humorous, smalltown, distinctly Southern. It is his eighth novel that documents the foibles of the elderly and has us laughing about them. In 'Piccadilly,' Aunt Lil Olive has landed herself in Rosehaven Convalescence Center after a bad fall at home. Despite being on a walker, she is determined to get back under the wheel of her '89 Oldsmobile to prove to her well-meaning and favorite nephew Carl that she is quite capable of taking care of herself--at home. Besides, her driver's license does not expire until she is ninety-seven. Aunt Lil falls in with a motley crew of inmates at the Rosehaven, including Beatrice Satterwhite who has nocturnal fantasies about Walter Cronkite and Clara Cochran who swears like a sailor and intrigues the group with her wandering glass eye. Smarting under the rules of Rosehaven, this nattering knot of geriatrics form the forward phalanx for a movement to unite the missions of churches and nursing homes under the banner 'Nurches of America.' The movement is conceived at The First Breakfast by freelance Pentecostal evangelist L. Ray Flowers, he of the flamboyant coiffure, sassy guitar and bad knees. Flowers and nephew Carl compose gospel-cum-bluegrass numbers for the faithful (all six of them) and dream of making it big in the music business.While awaiting the revolution, or maybe the Revelation, the shuffling parade of elderllies heist a car and roar off for a free-wheelilng shopping spree that meets an ignominious end at a Hardees burger joint. It is sort of a 'Some Limped Out of the Cuckoo Nest' kind of flight. Aunt Lil wears 'gold sllippers, tan slacks, Hawaiian shirt, striped jacket, and makeup that stops along her jaw like the border of a country. How can you not love a woman whose ensemble could get her arrested for outlandish exposure? Edgerton performs a highly praiseworthy service in his smalltown North Carolina books. With gentle humor he deflates official puffery, hide-bound authority, senseless convention and, especially, intolerance. In 'Lunch at the Piccadilly' the author gives us once again the slightly off-center world of the elderly as they take their uncertain final steps toward eternity--and shows us how to smile aboutit.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Sorry I bought it. It's a waste of time. Doesn't even make sense.
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