The Great Big Doorstep: A Novel

The Great Big Doorstep A Novel A Depression era comic masterpiece E P O Donnell s The Great Big Doorstep centers on the Crochets a Cajun family who live in a ramshackle house between the levee and the Mississippi River The Croche

  • Title: The Great Big Doorstep: A Novel
  • Author: E.P. O'Donnell Bryan Giemza
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A Depression era comic masterpiece, E P O Donnell s The Great Big Doorstep centers on the Crochets, a Cajun family who live in a ramshackle house between the levee and the Mississippi River The Crochets dream of one day owning a stately plantation befitting the magnificent cypress doorstep they have salvaged from the river and proudly display outside their humble home.A Depression era comic masterpiece, E P O Donnell s The Great Big Doorstep centers on the Crochets, a Cajun family who live in a ramshackle house between the levee and the Mississippi River The Crochets dream of one day owning a stately plantation befitting the magnificent cypress doorstep they have salvaged from the river and proudly display outside their humble home The memorable characters in this novel have their own concerns the patriarch, Commodo, is full of wild bravado as he fluctuates between scheming, laboring, and malingering his wife reigns as the queen of retort, though toughened by years of making do and doing without The Crochet children also cope with personal struggles Topal, twenty, restless, and moody, and recently dumped by her fianc Arthur, eighteen, attempts to strike out on his own while dodging the coddling of his mother and the fury of his father Evvie, almost fifteen, plans to join a religious order after renouncing a lover and twins Gussie and Paul, and baby T J provide an ongoing chorus of laughter and tears The Great Big Doorstep has remained a literary and cultural classic since its publication in 1941 In an 1979 afterword, Eudora Welty praises O Donnell s comic genius, citing his supreme gift for dialogue, while Bryan Giemza s introduction underscores the work s place in the tradition of comic Southern novels.

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    1. I've created a new category for this and another of the books I've read recently - Southern literature. These are books that are helping me better understand my experience here in the south, for good or for ill. And like the only other book I've put in this category - Shiloh and Other Stories - it was sometimes a very tough to read. The best way I know how to describe this book is to say that it is the Mississippi Delta version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. And while that might give you a sense o [...]

    2. I loved this book. The writer's ability to pick the reader up and set you down right THERE is impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

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