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I've had this book since 1990; it's a bit warped and battered but still legible. McCrumb has been a favorite author since I was in college a million years ago. D: This was the beginning of her second series, the Ballad books, which she's still writing. In fact, I'll have a review of the newest book, "Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past" on Thursday. "Peggy" is solidly mystery while later books in the series have a mystery in them but are more Southern literary fiction.
I didn't properly appreciate this quote when the book came out but 30 years later, I understand it all too well. In fact, I think I could appreciate some of the themes in the book much better now, might be time for a re-read.
"Tyndall and Sally came over to my house last night. They were big shots in high school."He took another sip of Pepsi. "And what about now?""I don't know. One of them is a professor, and the other one is married. I guess they both have me beat. Always did, always will.""Only if you believe it," said LeDonne. "You're okay, Martha. Believe me, compared to what there is in this world, you're okay.""It's funny how people from high school can make you feel so small and useless all of a sudden. Just like your parents can. One minute, you're a happy, functioning human being, and the next minute you're a gawky, socially ignorant adolescent again! It's like voodoo."