In this introduction to the imaginary town of Neely North Carolina, the young narrator, Louis Benfield, recounts the tragic last days of Miss Myra Angelique Pettigrew, a local spinster and former town belle who, after years of total seclusion, returns flamboyantly to public view-with her pet monkey, Mr. Britches.
Louis Benfield narrates the convoluted and often tragic Benfield family history in this third in Pearson's trilogy about Neeley, North Carolina — after A Short History of a Small Place (above) and Off for the Sweet Hereafter (about a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who cut a wide swath of mayhem and murder before their number comes up in a bloody blaze of glory).
This is a sequel to A Short History of a Small Place, but it isn't necessary to read the earlier novel in order to make sense of this one. Now older but not necessarily wiser, Louis Benfield has moved to New York City from his hometown of Neely, North Carolina, in order to get a sense of the larger world. Louis is a modern-day Candide, looking for love and experience in all the wrong places. However, when tragedy strikes, he finds the maturity needed to be more than man enough for the job.My friend Jane thought I should read these books and handed them to me when I was at her house a couple of days ago. Have you read any of them?