Where Trouble Sleeps by Clyde Edgerton

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A New York Times Notable Book. For his seventh novel, Clyde Edgerton returns to the setting of his own childhood--rural North Carolina at mid-twentieth century. This beguiling novel tells the story of a tight-knit crossroads community and what happens when a quick-change artist stops for gas and an oil check, sees opportunities, and decides to stop there for a while. "You'll spend a lot of time laughing and wiping your eyes and reading passages aloud to anyone who'll listen."--Boston Globe; "This may be Edgerton's best novel ever. I say that each time I finish one of his books."--Newark Star-Ledger ; "Edgerton, evoking Flannery O'Connor, composed chatty, tone-perfect tales of small town life that illuminate the knife edge between satire and nostalgia." --Entertainment Weekly; "A slyly satiric and artful story . . . Edgerton reveals the innocent, the deluded, and the hypocritical with an unerring sense of humor and truth."--Publishers Weekly; "In the pitch-perfect tradition of Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner, Edgerton spins things wildly, masterfully, hilariously out of control."--Maxim.

About Clyde Edgerton

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Clyde Edgerton was born on May 20, 1944 in Durham, North Carolina , and attended the University of North Carolina, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Edgerton was a pilot in the U. S. Air Force until he decided to return to teaching at both the high school and university levels. Edgerton's classic southern novels are set in North Carolina, where he has firsthand experience. His novels have received notable books of the year awards from the New York Times and Publisher's Weekly, and he has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lyndhurst Fellowship.
Published January 9, 1997 by Algonquin Books. 280 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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As amiable and charming as all his novels, Edgerton's latest about small-town life brings together his usual cast of drunks, church-going Baptists, and southern eccentrics, all of whom encounter the Devil in the form of a traveling ne'er-do-well.

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Antic humor and respect for his characters' dignity are, as usual, present in Edgerton's portrayals of the eccentrics in his seventh novel, a slyly satiric and artful story about a fugitive who undere

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Edgerton gracefully switches the narrator's point of view (often to great comic effect) among Umstead, three aging sisters who run a store, a teenage girl and a mature woman both taken in by Umstead, a self-righteous preacher helpless with lust for the same teenage girl and a nameless Omniscience...

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