Posted in April 2019

The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck


In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.

My review:

A book friend recommended that I read The Pecan Man and then she sent me a copy. I almost didn’t read it simply because I thought it’s too short to be any good. Well, was I wrong!! The Pecan Man is a beautifully written southern fiction story that has been described as To Kill A Mockingbird meets The Help. I fell in love with the characters of Ora Lee and Blanche from page one. Even though the pages are few, this story will linger with me for a long time! Thank you for the recommendation and copy, Lisa!

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