“Graceful and often painfully funny.” — New York Times Book Review
If you are looking for a laugh, look no further than this month’s Lucky 7 batch of e-books, only $1.99 through the end of August. Today, we take a closer look at one of these books, Clyde Edgerton’s Lunch at the Piccadilly, a comic yet poignant portrayal of the elderly community – the trials they face and the adventures they embark upon.
Welcome to the Rosehaven Convalescence Center in beautiful Listre, North Carolina. Recuperating after a recent fall, Lil Olive sits on the front porch, chitchatting with the rocking-chair regulars. There’s tiny Maudie Lowe with her cane that seems too tall; Beatrice Satterwhite, whose fancy three-wheeled walker is a Cadillac among Chevrolets; Clara Cochran, who cusses as frequently as she takes a breath; and L. Ray Flowers, the freelance preacher who strums a mean guitar and reveals his dream of forming a national movement to unite churches and nursing homes (“Nurches of America”). Keeping a watchful eye on them all is Carl, Lil’s middle-age bachelor nephew with a heart of gold and the patience of a saint.
But Lil is restless, eager to get back to her own apartment. She wants some adventure. And before long, tranquil Rosehaven is turned upside down. . .
“Respect for his elders, Southern charm, an ear for authentic dialogue, and a great sense of humor are Clyde Edgerton’s trademarks. Lunch at the Piccadilly is no exception.” – Amazon.com Review