Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- two city slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy. August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry -- all in one day. And there's more, as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's -- each one funnier than the year before -- in self-contained chapters that readers can enjoy as short stories or take together for a rollicking good novel. In the tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, popular author Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining.

First line:
"You wouldn't think we'd have to leave Chicago to see a dead body."

Oh. My. Hilarious.
Grandma's antics and paybacks were hysterical. I loved her! And her grand kids learned a lot from her, never mind they weren't always honest. But somehow, Grandma balanced out the not-so-honest with heartwarming service.

Grandma's antics

Got lost in some of the words but it wasn't a big deal


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