By T. R. Pearson
Marvelously humorous, bittersweet, and fantastically evocative, the unique book of A brief background of a Small Place introduced the coming of 1 of our nice Southern voices. even supposing T. R. Pearson's Neely, North Carolina, doesn't seem on any map of the country, it has already earned a safe position at the literary panorama of the South. during this advent to Neely, the younger narrator, Louis Benfield, recounts the tragic final days of leave out Myra Angelique Pettigrew, a neighborhood spinster and previous city belle who, after years of overall seclusion, returns flamboyantly to public view-with her puppy monkey, Mr. Britches. here's a teeming human comedy inhabited through the most eccentric and endearing characters ever encountered in literature.
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Pettigrew. Sometime along about when he became established and saw that he would probably remain a wealthy man, Mr. Pettigrew must have decided it was advisable to build himself a homeplace and have himself an heir. He saw to the homeplace, that being in his line, and he bought a parcel of land right there in the heart of Neely where municipal square runs into the boulevard. There was the shell of a guest house and the remains of an old harness shop on the property when he bought it, and he hired out a crew of men to raze the both of them and level off the lot with picks and shovels.
Epperson except when they carried her out of the parlor all bedecked with flowers and greenery and loaded her into the back of the hearse, and I couldn’t see her then. Momma said she was a mousy woman. Daddy said he’d always suspected she was mute, but Momma told me that wasn’t so. Momma and Daddy both agreed that she was nobody’s pretty child, and I didn’t need anybody to tell me that her daughters were three of the homeliest women I’d ever laid eyes on. They looked like old photographs of sodbusters’ wives—shapeless figures, plain, manly faces, and heads full of thin brown hair drawn back tight into buns.
She walked all the way home from the bus station carrying her suitcase and a paper sack, and I stood on the end of the sidewalk and watched her come from way off down the opposite side of the street. ” Daddy imagined that salesman thought Miss Annie rich, resourceful, or potentially beautiful and then discovered she was just an Epperson. That summer the Epperson sisters would sit out on their porch in the evenings and one of them would read interesting bits out of the Neely Chronicle to the other two.
A Short History of a Small Place by T. R. Pearson