Walking Across Egypt: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 1987 - Humor - 216 pages
192 Reviews
"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 & Constitution

She 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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A down-home tale: good writing, characters, OK plot. - Goodreads
I was a bit disappointed in the ending. - Goodreads
Life as an old person...good insight - Goodreads
I love the writing in this book. - Goodreads
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Pretty slow pace, but not too slow. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Michele Coleman - Goodreads

LOL !! Laugh Out Loud funny ! Mattie is an ederly widow who can't be bothered to take in strays whether it be a dog or a teenage boy whose trouble. Why she might as well walk across Egypt.I just loved ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vickie - Goodreads

A little crazy but a great feel good book that gives me pause to think. Read full review

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Contents

I
1
II
21
Ill
37
IV
77
V
97
VI
101
VII
105
VIII
121
IX
137
X
157
XI
175
XII
187
XIII
203
XIV
213
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About the author (1987)

Clyde Edgerton was born on May 20, 1944 in Durham, North Carolina. He received a B.A. in English education in 1966, a M.A.T. in English education in 1972, and a Ph.D in curriculum and instruction in 1977, all from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Hi first novel, Raney, was published in 1985. His other novels include Walking Across Egypt, Killer Diller, Where Trouble Sleeps, Lunch at the Piccadilly, The Bible Salesman, and The Night Train. He has also written a book of advice entitled Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers and a memoir entitled Solo, My Adventures in the Air. He has received several awards including the Lyndhurst Prize and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

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