Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly

Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly

by Robert Dalby


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ISBN-13: 9780425215562
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Dalby is the author of the Piggly Wiggly series, including A Piggly Wiggly Christmas, A Piggly Wiggly Wedding, Kissing Babies at the Piggly Wiggly, and Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly. He is a graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee), and a lifelong patron of the Piggly Wiggly. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
phannah.flpl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
O.K. not too exciting. Not much of a plot.
bettyjo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just finally had to put it down after 165 pages. I wanted to like it..Robert Dalby is sooooo nice but I need more action. If you liked the Jan Karon books please go get this one ASAP.
maggiereads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿For all its quirkiness and sleepy southern pace, The Square of Second Creek had an almost Mediterranean look and feel to it¿two- and three-story brick and lacework-balconied shops on all four sides, and a massive white-columned courthouse with a terra-cotta roof. The four short streets comprising The Square had been closed to traffic more than forty years ago, creating one of Mississippi¿s earliest and most popular pedestrian malls, and the only blight on the ensemble was the empty storefronts caused by the infamous MegaMart.¿This is the premise of Robert Dalby¿s new book Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly. In the fictional fun town of Second Creek , Mississippi, big, bad MegaMart is providing lower prices and ruining small mom and pop establishments. The next victim, in this long line of heartaches, is the local Piggly Wiggly.Mr. Choppy, fifth generation owner of the Second Creek, Piggly Wiggly, is in pain. With the way business has tapered off, he may not be able to keep the electric doors swinging. In his estimation, he may have three, possibly four, more months of operation. These are his thoughts as Laurie Lepanto enters the store.Laurie Lepanto is a member of the Second Creek Nitwitts, an unofficial club, along the lines of a garden/civic club, which donate time and money to causes in the little town. Nothing like the uneasy fear a group of widowed ladies may evoke to promote change. The madcap women involved in the Nitwitts are delightful. Laurie, president three years and running, doesn¿t see an end to her reign. Being the youngest member, at fifty-five, she seems to be stuck with the most work. Other members include Denver Lee, an artist who draws outside, inside, and around the box; Novie, a perpetual traveler who annoys others with her fuzzy slideshows; and Renza, a woman who insist on wearing her foxes (heads and tails) to every occasion.How will Mr. Choppy¿s Piggly Wiggly survive? How will the Nitwitts save the day? What¿s with the waltzing? Oops, I forgot to mention the recently widowed ballroom dancer, Powell Hampton.Author Robert Dalby has written a fun fiction with laugh-out-loud potential. When speaking to him, he revealed his fictional town is a little Natchez, Port Gibson, and Oxford rolled into one, and the characters come straight from his childhood. Number two in the series, Kissing Babies at the Piggly Wiggly, will be available to readers in the fall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love books by Southern authors and this delightful book with it's unique characters is no exception. I hope Mr. Dalby is considering a sequel. I would love to know if Hale wins the election, if he and Gailye Girl get together again, and if the dance studio if succesfull. This book also inspired me, it's never to late to live a full life. Great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The quirky Miss. Delta town of Second Creek gains national attention when a wealthy widows' group (the Nitwitts) attempts to save their seventy year-old Piggly Wiggly from the clutches of the new MegaMart by convincing an ex-ballroom dance instructor and handsome widower to set up dancing and flirting hours in the aisles with the female customers while the bagboys round up their grocery orders. They hope to increase business for the struggling store and have a little fun while they're at it. The ploy works initially, and CNN broadcasts the story as a national 'puff piece.' Meanwhile, the store's bachelor owner, Mr. Choppy, gets a surprise visit from the long-lost 'woman who done him wrong' as a teenager, breaking his heart and exiling him to a life of loneliness. She sees the CNN piece and vows to head South to try to make amends. All of these plot elements merge at the climax of the novel, when we find out exactly what happened between Mr. Choppy and his ladyfriend, as well as the fate of the local Piggly Wiggly. Some surprising decisions make for an interesting and humorous read in this off-the-wall tale about people who make up their own rules as they waltz through life.