Objects & Places from A Year Down Yonder

Richard Peck
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Philco Radio

This is one of Mary Alice's cherished possessions.


This is a female house cat who quickly has to learn how to survive as a country cat. She lives in the cob house and, eventually, she gives birth to a kitten.


Unlike in Chicago, this is a major event in Grandma's town, lasting weeks.


This is a stew made from whatever spare vegetables and meat happen to be available at the time.

The Christmas Program

This is performed every year at the high school. It is ruined when an actual baby, the abandoned baby of Mildred Burdick, is found on stage.


Grandma and Mary Alice frequently go on late-night travels across the countryside to trap and shoot these.

Newsy Notes

Mary Alice submits these brief, gossipy blurbs about the town to the local paper, The Piatt County Call.


Mary Alice creates fake...

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