Walking across Egypt

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Ballantine Books, Feb 12, 1988 - Fiction - 240 pages
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"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."
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
Perfect delivery, imagery, dialogue. - Goodreads
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The plot of this book is very simple. - Goodreads

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Mattie may be getting old, but her life if full of interesting people! "Wise and witty, down-home and real"...says the back cover!! Read full review

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User Review  - Pammy - Goodreads

I picked this up at a used book store, drawn by the title. I confess I thought Egypt was going to figure into the story line in a different way than it actually did. I wasn't disappointed & found the author's cleverly crafted storyline a delight. Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Clyde Edgerton was born on May 20, 1944 in Durham, North Carolina , and attended the University of North Carolina, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Edgerton was a pilot in the U. S. Air Force until he decided to return to teaching at both the high school and university levels. Edgerton's classic southern novels are set in North Carolina, where he has firsthand experience. His novels have received notable books of the year awards from the New York Times and Publisher's Weekly, and he has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lyndhurst Fellowship.

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