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In memory of Junior : a novel

Author: Clyde Edgerton
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Go by the Baptist Cemetery in Summerlin any Sunday after church and you'll see all kinds of families out there weeding and sweeping the family plots. There's always lots to do - dumping out the potted poinsettias and dusting off the plastic peonies, making sure the kids know everybody dead and how they are kin to everybody living. To most folks, which cemetery, which family plot, which tombstone and what's carved on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Edgerton, Clyde, 1944-
In memory of Junior.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1992
(OCoLC)644261863
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clyde Edgerton
ISBN: 1565120108 9781565120105
OCLC Number: 25713426
Description: 215 pages ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Clyde Edgerton.
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Go by the Baptist Cemetery in Summerlin any Sunday after church and you'll see all kinds of families out there weeding and sweeping the family plots. There's always lots to do - dumping out the potted poinsettias and dusting off the plastic peonies, making sure the kids know everybody dead and how they are kin to everybody living. To most folks, which cemetery, which family plot, which tombstone and what's carved on it are of consequence. And the older you are, the more so. In the Bales-McCord family, two old people are at the point of contemplating their final resting places - Glenn and Laura Bales. Everybody is wondering which one will go first. A third old person looking death in the eye is Uncle Grove McCord, hell-raising, bootlegging, bush pilot, black sheep brother of Glenn Bales's first wife. Grove left Summerlin years ago and has buried several wives. He's got a good healthy one now out in Arkansas. But he pines for Summerlin where he was raised and is making his own private arrangements to be buried there. "Hell," he says, "I can't be buried beside all my wives." Clyde Edgerton fans won't be surprised that the characters in his funny new novel end up with too many graves and too few tombstones. It all happens within the space of just a couple of weeks and it's told by everybody involved, from Buster Douglas, the Truck Freight Limited driver who delivers Uncle Grove's tombstone to Wilma and Harold Fuller, Visitors-to-the-Sick. Join them as they gather in Summerlin to attend to the business of passing on - and passing down. As Uncle Grove points out, "You're history longer than you are fact."

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