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by Clyde Edgerton

"An unpretentious, finely-crafted novel that will linger with the readers like the last strains of a favorite hymn. It is more enjoyable than a pitcher full of sweet tea and one of Mattie's home-cooked dinners."THE ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTIONShe had as much business keeping a stray dog as she had walking across Egypt--which not so incidentally is the title of her favorite hymn. She's Mattie Rigsbee, an independent, strong-minded senior citizen, who at 78, might be slowing down just a bit. When young, delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray dog. But, of course, the dog never tasted her mouth-watering pound cake....Wise witty, down-home and real, WALKING ACROSS EGYPT is a book for everyone.
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ISBN: 0345346491
ISBN13: 978-0345346490
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Clyde Edgerton
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (February 12, 1988)
ePUB size: 1560 kb
FB2 size: 1914 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 965
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I met her 5 years ago as she was beginning her journey back to her past. Her daughter referenced the writings of Mr Edgerton in the Obituary as saying that Miss Eunice was so close in nature to Maddie. I am so glad I read this as it is a lovely read that makes me wish I had known both Eunice and Maddie for a lifetime, and, then again, perhaps I did? Maddie, on her own, wishing for grandchildren from her two unmarried children, adapted to her life after her husband's death while enjoying her position at her church takes steps to help a young teen. Maddie is humor from the beginning images of her adventure with the rocker, to the people who weave in and out of her life to her ability to embarrass and worry her children. I love and "get her" and laughed and smiled through this endearing story.
Much has been written, spoken, and scripted about the South; much of it by those who don't really know it. Edgerton is the Real Thing. His writing proves it.

As a native southerner, reading "Walking Across Egypt" was like visiting distant relatives during my own growing-up years in Alabama in the nineteen-fifties. Rich with southern nuance, every reader will appreciate its masterful dialect, dialog, and mannerisms that make the South the literary Petri dish it has been for centuries. Southern readers, especially, are sure to find bits and pieces of their own heritage liberally sprinkled throughout. But that speaks mainly to Edgerton's familiarity with his characters and his superb technical skills for developing them into real people (or, perhaps, from real people...).

Equally impressive and enjoyable, for me, is Edgerton's sense of humor and how it interweaves itself through the story. Humor is certainly not the private domain of Southerners. However, the kind of humor appreciated by folk of the rural South is often missed by others--and even by some Southerners. "Walking Across Egypt" is packed with it. This is a book that will bring a smile to your face, even on a bad day.

Read it.
Get out your bowls, mix well: One humorous 78 year old female, Mattie, who strongly believes that no day should go by without 3 full, solid meals a day, who even in the height of crisis encourages any and all responding police, neighbors, juvenile delinquents, and her family to just have a "bite to eat before you go." (and they all do!) Nosey paranoid neighbors who sleep with armed weapons under their pillows and WILL use them. A dog catcher captivated by free meals and her charming 78 year old ways. A juvenile delinquent who can't decide to steal her silver, her pound cake or her heart. Her two unmarried 30 something children, who believe the worst is happening, Mom is going senile.. An entire church congregation who must cope with a christian soul going awry.
Sit down and enjoy the results!
I can relate to this book because I am 78 year old widow, living alone.
I grew up in a little town and went to a biased church that treated my dear mother, who was the pianist for the church . That is, until she and my dad were chaperones for a Rainbow "dance" I attended (pre teen) where we stood around not really dancing.
Here came the decons of the church when they read about it in the paper .
They told her she would no longer be the church pianist, she had been for many years (actually 8 years) and needed a rest.
The characters of the book were so realistic they were like good actors in a stage production or movie.
I did not want the book to end.
Much too short
Love this book. My book club read it and I don't think we have ever laughed as hard at any book than we did while discussing this book. Very light, entertaining but intuitive read.
I like to read fiction that evokes feelings of the south, of the small town, without being sappy or cruel. I know the south is a cruel place in its own right, but it also has alot more charm, in my opinion, than the north; so I continue on my search for good southern fiction. Fortunately, I can say that I have found a fabulous example in Edgerton's "Walking Across Egypt". There is something very Keillor-esque about the simple language and the good story. As a feminist, I also really enjoy a book with a female protagonist, and to me the elderly main character in this book is just what I am looking for.
If you like this book, try reading Michael Malone's "Handling Sin".
This is a feel good book, with a somewhat predictable ending, but that doesn't detract from the charm of the story. Mattie is a true southern lady who practices what she believes. She is a strong, like able character. When she opens her home to a young miscreant, the reaction of her church friends is very interesting. If you enjoy the Mitford series, you will probably like this slice of small town life also.
Clyde Edgerton is a master of character development. Enjoyed getting to know each one. This book is beautifully written with humor that literally makes you LOL!! Love this writer!