Walking Across Egypt

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Algonquin Books, Jan 3, 1987 - Fiction - 250 pages
21 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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User Review  - lisa.schureman - LibraryThing

It's a quick read with quirky characters. Mattie is a feisty senior who's always telling people how she's slowing down which is why she doesn't want to take in a stray dog. She's just too much to do ... Read full review

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

I found the pace a little too plodding, with too much banal and uninspiring coverage of daily functions like using the bathroom. The male author really has no idea how the mind of an old lady works ... 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.

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