Woodrow's Trumpet: A Novel
The farms of sleepy Oak Hills are losing ground to designer houses for yuppies in this heart-warming tale of the New South. When Woodrow Bunce builds a beach in his front yard complete with sand, palms, and plastic flamingos, the ordinance-seeking yuppies are in an uproar.
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In the front window, an electric fan rattled, pushing the vinyl curtain against the
screen. The hot air emptying from the house was thick with the odor of collards
being cooked with fatback. Three small children stood on the porch, staring with
wide eyes, the youngest boy naked from his waist down. He turned and ran for
the screen door. The tallest child shouted for the dogs to hush. Screen door
slowly opened. Who is that out there? Wide female face, tufts of hair licking from
under a scarf.
Woodrow heard his own heart pounding in the well of his ears; head down, he
crashed through a final bramble of wilted honeysuckle vines and onto a bald
hilltop, cocked his head, and listened — the dogs have treed — their baying gone
from the short yelps of chase to sorrowful long cries. Woodrow placed his
forefinger against his nostril, bent slightly, and blew a wad of snot that carried in a
sideward arc of several feet, then cleared the other sinus. Breathing easier, he
lifted the horn ...
In years past, the trails left by wild animals were so plentiful it was all Woodrow
could do to call the hounds in when it came time to return home. Tonight, the
dogs bayed loud their frustration, circling Woodrow as he walked the crest,
occasionally picking up an old scent to find it peter out. Woodrow urged them with
his horn in vain. Three times he stumbled over new survey paths. Suddenly, one
of the young dogs caught a fresh scent, threw back his head, and bayed the deep
voice of ...
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Set in modern-day North Carolina just outside Chapel Hill, this is the sad/funny tale of the transformation of a rural farming community into an upscale suburb. Woodrow Bunce, the not-all-there ... Read full review