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A Long Way from Chicago Literary Qualities

Richard Peck
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Literary Qualities

A Long Way from Chicago is told from the viewpoint of elderly Joe Dowdel, in a flashback, as he remembers those week-long summer vacations spent with his Grandma Dowdel at her home in a little southern Illinois town. Peck's use of language and dialogue are specific to small-town life and enliven the story. His use of humorous situations and imagery provides lots of chuckles and laughs as the reader envisions Grandma Dowdel in her getups for hiking and fishing, Shotgun Cheatham's corpse laid out in her parlor and the ensuing wake, and fair-goers trying to push, pull, and lift her great bulk into the biplane.

The novel's episodic chapter format invites the reader to enjoy each as a short story, or read them together for a hilarious good time.

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