Walking across Egypt

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Ballantine Books, 1987 - Fiction - 240 pages
215 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."
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
And the ending was downright odd. - Goodreads
The plot of this book is very simple. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

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 (1987)

Clyde Edgerton is the author of eight novels, five of which have been "New York Times" Notables. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and performs with his band, Rank Strangers. Author Web site--www.clydeedgerton.com.