The Pecan Man

The Pecan Man Review

The Pecan Man is a 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fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category.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 truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.

Title:The Pecan Man

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  • Brina

    I give around 4.3 stars to The Pecan Man, a debut self published novel by Cassie Dandridge Selleck. A native of northern Florida, Dandridge got the ideas for the three main characters in the novel fro...

  • Jen

    It's the 70's. A crime happens to a young black child. A white has committed the crime but a black takes the fall. Lies and truths start to blend.But really this is more about Ora Lee Beckworth, a sou...

  • Elyse

    Audiobook - Immediately, I thought of "To Kill A Mockingbird" as I listened to this story on my walks, which is one of my favorite books in the world! There is a similar feeling and atmosphere .....Co...

  • Carol

    "Once you tell a lie, you have to keep tellin' and tellin' and tellin' to make it stand."Ora Lee Beckworth is a widow, but one matter-of-fact tough little southern lady. She is generous, protective of...

  • Linda

    Yep, The Pecan Man kept nudging me along the way. He left tiny bits of shells here and there that seemed to crunch under foot. "I know that you are there waiting in the stillness. I promised." Until a...

  • Diane S ?

    Sometimes you can just start reading a book and tell, this book will break your heart and it did. A very simply told story by a very flawed Ora. A story with many moral implications and one that left ...

  • Candi

    4 starsOra Lee Beckworth is a woman I just had to admire for her spunk, her flaws, her desire to do the right thing, and her growth as an individual. Set in Florida during the mid-1970's, the widowed ...

  • Cathrine ??

    3.75★At just under 150 pages this is a small gem and perfect reading material during those in between times when you need something that will not make demands on you. As an added bonus I could only ...

  • Karen

    So I really liked this book set in Florida, beginning in the 1960's, mostly about a wealthy white widow, her black maid, and a homeless old black man who lives in the woods. It's an endearing story th...

  • Sara

    Don’t be fooled by the slender appearance of this novel, it is meaty. It speaks to the time in which it is set, 1976 Mayville, Florida, but it speaks to today just as clearly and it teaches lesson a...