The Pecan Man

  • by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Pecan Man is a beautiful work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the first-place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the unpublished novel category.
In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.

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Still Thinking About this Book

I listened to this audiobook a month ago, but needed time to think before I wrote a review. Actually, I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book. Very touching and thought provoking. I lived in a small Southern town in the 70s. The descriptions of extreme racism and the efforts by some (few) whites to stop it feel correct based on my experiences.

Ora Lee Beckworth is telling a story at the end of her life. While she made some honorable decisions -- when it really mattered, I am still wondering if she did the right thing or not. That will be for you to decide after you listen. The Pecan Man's grace and dignity never waiver. His story is heartbreaking and inspirational. But did he do the right thing. I still don't know.

The 6 hour length of the story was perfect for this strong subject. I am glad I listened to it.
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- L. O. Pardue

Missed the mark

This book just missed the mark. It was truly unbelievable. Privileged white southern lady suddenly gets a social conscience and becomes the savior of her black maid's family. In the mix is the Pecan Man who is a sad, alcoholic who also saves the day and takes the blame.This could be a good YA book, but it really misses the mark in my opinion.
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- Taryn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.