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Call and Response [Kindle Edition]

T. R. Pearson
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Book Description

Meandering from comic set pieces to hilarious digressions, Call and Response perfectly captures the peculiar lilts and rhythms of the South -- and spins a magical tale of love and all its manifold complications. The novel centers on Nestor Tudor, a middle-aged widower who is overfond of Ancient Age and Old Gold filters. TR Pearson interweaves the story of Nestor's late-blooming, and ultimately unrequited, affection for Mary Alice Celestine Lefler with parallel stories of true love and broken hearts, young love and cheating hearts, and every other variety of courtship imaginable. Extravagantly funny and overflowing with the rich cadences and droll loquacity of Southern storytelling, Call and Response is a remarkable joy to read.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As in his previous works ( A Short History of A Small Place , etc.) Pearson's latest Southern comic novel finds its form in digression: there is a story, albeit a slender one, but the book's real substance lies in its anecdotes, detours and wrong turns. Among the characters whose lives illustrate the perils of falling--and staying--in love, are middle-aged Nestor Tudor, who conceives a hopeless passion for Mary Alice Celestine Lefler; Mr. Phillip J. King, who endures with stoic patience the distemper of his wife, trapped in a seemingly permanent state of cantankerous menopause; and dozens of peripheral characters who pursue personal obsessions and humdrum tasks, all with an edge of whimsy and a redemptive hope of romance.. Many episodes, notably the opening chapter about a visit to an itinerant strip show, are constructed with narrative vigor. But Pearson's writing, in sentences that run out of breath but keep going, accumulating details as they hurtle on, is arch and strenuous, and his deliberately tangled syntax may try the reader's patience.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

When Miss Mary Alice Celestine Lefler steps off the Greyhound from Berkeley Springs at the shankend of August and debuts more than your average share of comely features and enticements at the elevated buffet in the Number 2 shelter up by the reservoir, where Mrs. Phillip J. King is serving poached kidneys bearnaise in celebration of getting her consciousness raised by Dr. Dewey Lunt, Miss Mary Alice Celestine Lefler just purely captivates the imagination of Mr. Dick Atwater and most especially of Nestor Tudor whose daddy Nestor Tudor got knocked out by the stripper's walnut back in Chapter 1. Pearson's tortuous digressions and convoluted prose were hilarious in A Short History of a Small Place. In his fourth Neely novel, they have become wearisome. Buy only for devoted Pearson fans.
- Maurice Taylor, Brunswick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Barking Mad Press (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005504ZYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars a poetic piece of art, sadly rare January 14, 2000
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This poignant story is very subtle and quite poetic in its portrayal of complicated relations (both funny and sad) between the aging folks (who still act like children) in a small Southern town. It is an ironic combination of high comedy with the most subtle insights into human weaknesses. The kind of stuff that makes you love the human race in spite of, and because of its flaws. I just don't know why this wonderful novel is rare and out of print. I enjoyed it as much as every one of Pearson's other masterpieces. I'm saddened by its obscurity, but love it like a secret treasure. Somebody please reprint it. T.R., if you're out there, keep going. We need more like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Call and Response by T.R. Pearson September 14, 2011
By Apples7
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My husband and I love this author.. We were unable to find many of his books elsewhere. When our favorite book store went out of business I decided to check out a find !! We were able to purchase all of T.R. Pearson's books plus other authors that were hard to find elsewhere..The books arrived sooner than expected and were in great condition...I love the idea of purchasing used books and the price can't be beat for the condition of the books.. Thank You Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny! March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
T.R. at his best! The characters are so real I think I may know many of them, under other names, of course! If you appreciate great writing and have a funny bone you will not regret purchasing this one!
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