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The center of the novel is Lil's middle-aged, never married nephew Carl. It has fallen to him to look after the women in his family: first his mother, then his Aunt Sarah and now Aunt Lil. He is the soul of patience and kindness, looking after Lil's needs, visiting her frequently and taking the ladies to lunch. He befriends L. Ray Flowers, a firebrand preacher who, because of an injury, is temporarily marooned at the Center. Flowers has an idea: "We are about to pronounce the grand fact that nursing homes and churches all across this land must become interchangeable... We need not two institutions... We need one. And it shall be called Nurches of America, Chursing Homes of the United States." In addition to his grandiose idea, he writes music and encourages Carl to take up the bass guitar again. Carl starts writing lyrics for L. Ray's music and, for a short while, preaching and singing rock the porch at Rosehaven. Inevitably, time and the past catch up with Lil and L. Ray, but not before Carl has found a new creative outlet that gives him some purpose in life other than selling awnings.
Edgerton's Raney and Walking Across Egypt are better novels, with tighter plots and more fully realized characters, but Lunch at the Piccadilly is unmistakably Edgerton, and that's not bad. --Valerie Ryan
Having read Clyde Edgerton books in the past, I knew I would enjoy whatever antics the characters found themselves in. The book was a fun read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by frogcopter
It's pretty hard for any postmodern writer to not be derivative, but Edgerton has pulled it off. He's one of a kind. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Professor
No as funny as Walk over Egypt, I do not like to read about nor make fun of people in nursing homes.Published 7 months ago by Joycie
This book would be a great one for anyone caring for an elderly relative in particular. I am certain that the author, Clyde Edgerton, has been there and done that. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. C. Meyer
Edgerton's humorous and sensitive book highlighting the antics of life in the Rosehaven Convalescent Center certainly did not disappoint. Read morePublished 12 months ago by KHB
This story is probably a fairly accurate depiction what is called assisted living. It's also touching and often amusing.
Most ages could enjoy it.
Not up to Edgerton's usual level of humor and well-developed characters a reader can love and relate to. Sadly disappointing.Published 19 months ago by JavaGirl
Loved the book. Bought a copy for a very special friend of mine whose husband is in a nursing home.Published 19 months ago by Lois Hall