The Pecan Man (pronounced Pee-can) is a beautifully written Southern Fiction novel. But who is the Pecan Man? Children are afraid of him, parents call their children inside when he is around. This man is seen riding around town on a rickety, rusty old bike and a bag of pecans tied to the handlebars. Eldred Mims is the Pecan Man, he is black, he is homeless, but is that all there is to this mystery man?
The story is told through Ora Lee Beckworth, and this is her story. Ora Lee is a widow with a maid, Blanche. Blanche has been with Ora Lee for years and they have formed a strong bond of friendship. Ora Lee is spunky, outspoken, yet she has sweet spirit and is loyal to Blanche and her family. She says of herself, “The older I get, the less I care what people think of me, but I care a great deal about people knowing my business.
The story begins from a rocking chair on the front porch of Ora Lee’s home. Check out the cover of the book for a photo of the house. Picture yourself sitting with Ora Lee, drinking a glass of sweet tea and listening to her story. I would love to pull up a chair and join her as she tells the story. The town and the people come to life through Ora’s narration, and that is what a book should do for those who journey between its pages.
Ora Lee feels bad for the Pecan Man and offers him a job mowing her yard and tending her flowers. Neighbors are surprised by her having him in her home; Ora Lee trusts him, but should she?
The book is an easy read at 148 pages, yet there is so much depth to the characters. The Pecan Man tells of tragedy, loss and a lie that takes hold on those involved, leading to a cover-up and unbearable guilt.
The Pecan Man is the work of Cassie Dandridge Selleck. This is her first novel. A novel that took her 10 years to write as she worked full time and raised her family.
I love to support new authors who self-publish. She self published the e-book version through Amazon and the printed version through another company. This novel is pure pleasure to read and I think you will love it.
By the time the book comes to an end, you will understand these characters, who they really are, and why they made the choices they did.
Ora Lee says it best when talking about her friendship with Blanche and the line applies to how I felt after reading the book.
“it hung between us like a spider web, fragile and easy to break, but danged hard to get shed of once the threads took hold.
As I read the last page, the author’s notes and closed my kindle; I felt that The Pecan man was like a spider web, intricately woven between the characters with fragile threads dangling, but danged hard to get shed of once the story was finished. I still think about it and miss the characters.
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