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The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck

Review by Susan Funnell

Wow! Loved it! As the manager of the Ash Flat Library, part of my job is to weed out books. I came to this unsuspecting little book and went to see when it was put into the system and how many times it had been checked out. It was put into the system in 2012 and had never been checked out! So, out it goes, unless it was a classic of course!

Our volunteers are the ones who delete the old books out of the system.  One of our volunteers said, “I’m going to take this home and read it.” “Ok,” I said. The next time she volunteered she brought the book back and said,” This is so good, you have to read it!” I told her I didn’t have time, so she passed it on to another volunteer, and she brought it back and said “You have to read it!” I said “Really?”  She shook her head yes. I read it, and I put it back in the system! That’s how good this book is!

It’s a Southern, short book of fiction about a recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth. The trouble begins when she hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man, their mothers called them inside whenever he was around.  He was arrested for the stabbing death of the police chief’s son whose body was found in the woods where the Pecan Man lives. Ora Lee Beckworth is the only one who knows what really happened in the woods that day.

Ora soon finds herself in a web of lies that sends an innocent man to prison for the rest of his life. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

This is Southern fiction at its best! If you liked To Kill a Mockingbird or The Help, you are sure to like this book.  I am so glad we didn’t remove it from our shelves!

Come check it out!

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