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By T. R. Pearson

Marvelously humorous, bittersweet, and fantastically evocative, the unique ebook of A brief background of a Small Place introduced the coming of 1 of our nice Southern voices. even if T. R. Pearson's Neely, North Carolina, doesn't seem on any map of the nation, it has already earned a safe position at the literary panorama of the South. during this advent to Neely, the younger narrator, Louis Benfield, recounts the tragic final days of omit Myra Angelique Pettigrew, an area spinster and previous city belle who, after years of overall seclusion, returns flamboyantly to public view-with her puppy monkey, Mr. Britches. here's a teeming human comedy inhabited by way of probably the most eccentric and endearing characters ever encountered in literature.

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Poor Mrs. Browner, who was as plain and normal as a bar of soap, didn’t see it coming and never forgave herself for it, but Daddy says she probably saw less of the sheriff than we did what with the reporters and the newsmen and that one fellow from a national crime magazine who wouldn’t let off hounding him until he got an interview. And Mrs. Browner said he just came in one night for supper after not coming home hardly at all since the stabbing, and she told him she’d cook him up a quarter chicken with potatoes and green beans, which he was very fond of, and she said he went off to the bathroom and drew himself a tub full of water while she boiled the potatoes and the beans and started the chicken baking.

Carl Browner was sheriff of Neely then and he said Mr. Woodley called him along about mid-afternoon sounding decidedly agitated and distraught. He said there were three Neely Eppersons in his office who had come to declare themselves triplets. Sheriff Browner told him he was surprised to learn the Epperson sisters were triplets, and Mr. Woodley replied that they didn’t appear to be triplets as far as he could tell, that they didn’t even appear to be the same age. Sheriff Browner said no, he didn’t believe they were, and Mr.

Sheriff Browner assured us they were kind men, gentle and competent men. He promised they would treat the Eppersons with respect and dignity, and we were satisfied. Me and Momma watched them bring Eustace and Cora and Annie out from the house and load them and their luggage into the car, and it struck Momma as an odd thing to see. She said everybody was a little too happy, a little too quick to laugh, everybody but Sheriff Browner who just looked all around himself at the treetops and the sidewalk and the hubcaps on the state-licensed station wagon.

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