World of Pies

World of Pies

A Novel

Large Print - 2000
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In a small town in Texas in the 1960s, young Roxanne copes with a pie-baking contest that becomes a lesson in racial politics, a crush on the new female postal worker, the death of her father, and her mother's remarriage.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall & Co., 2000
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780783891712
Branch Call Number: LP FIC STO
Characteristics: 230 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 08, 2015

Wonderful novel! I used to look for this author's work, hoping she'd write another one, but sadly, she died. Young. So Sad.

Jul 09, 2011

The delightful World of Pies opens in 1962 in the small Texan town of Annette. When we first meet the heroine, Roxanne is struggling between her love of baseball and her mother’s desire to teach her to bake pies. Roxanne is twelve but, as each chapter unveils a different time in her life we see her go through a whole gambit of emotions and events. From the sweet new feeling of developing a crush, to the more serious events, Roxanne’s life unfolds before us chapter to chapter. In the background, we see the events that shaped America through the sixties, from Kennedy’s assassination to Viet Nam.

What I liked best about this book was the strong, stable family that the author has given Roxanne. No matter what life dealt them, and there was some sadness, they were there for each other regardless. Social and political events are mentioned in passing but the bulk of the story is of Roxanne and her family. I felt a personal attachment to this character as we are about the same age, so her coming-of-age years were mine as well. At the end of some chapters the author supplies recipes for the sweet treats that are always brought to family gatherings, I actually recognized some of the recipes as ones that I too grew up with. As her life comes full circle and we are once again back to pies, I sighed with contentment at this big-hearted story.

I have never read a book by Karen Stolz before, and I actually just stumbled on this one while browsing the library shelves but I can guarantee that I will be on the lookout for any other titles by this author. My trip to Annette, Texas was a rich and rewarding reading experience.

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