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The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction by Florida native Cassie Dandridge Selleck. This novel, Selleck’s first, has been optioned for film rights by BCDF Pictures, published in audio by Blackstone, and selected by the State of Arkansas as their common reader novel for the year 2016. It has been selected by book clubs across America, taught in high school classrooms in the U.S. and London, and translated in two foreign countries.
In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When he is arrested for murder, only Ora knows the truth about the man she calls Eddie. But truth is a fickle thing, and a lie is self-perpetuating. Ora and her maid Blanche soon find themselves in a web of lies that send an innocent man to prison for the rest of his life. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. Listen as she begins her story:
“Blanche worked for me through birth and death, joy and sorrow and Lord knows we had a lot of sorrow in all the time we spent under this roof. Most people figured she was crazy to put up with me all those years, but Blanche and I had an understanding. It was a vow we made back in 1976. Neither of us spoke of it afterwards, but it hung between us like a spider web, fragile and easy to break, but danged hard to get shed of once the threads took hold.”
About the Author
Cassie Dandridge Selleck is a native of Leesburg, Florida, the town that inspired the fictional Mayville of The Pecan Man. She now makes her home on the banks of the Suwannee River in Northwest Florida with her husband, Perry. A writer at heart, she is also the marketing director for Anderson Crane and Bridge Technologies, Inc.
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Cassie Dandridge Selleck
I was born and raised in Central Florida and, though I know an awful lot of people who insist they don’t consider Florida “the South”, it was as Southern an upbringing as any other. My roots on both sides of my family trace back to Southern states as far back as I can go before finding my European ancestors. The South is what I know and love – and sometimes loathe. I stopped long ago trying to define Southern pride, because that is not what I feel about my heritage. What I feel is grateful. Grateful that I was raised to say “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am,” and grateful that I witnessed firsthand the racism that is pervasive and destructive in my homeland. Everything about the South made me who I am today, as a writer and an activist, and as an advocate for change. I write what I know. I write about the South and its colorful characters. I write about human nature as honestly as I know how. I bring characters to life by giving them voices of people I have lived with and listened to all of my life. They are as real to me as any other living, breathing person, so I treat them with the respect they deserve. I put them on paper and see what happens.
I still make my home in the South, though no longer in Central Florida. I’m a bit north of there, on the historic Suwannee River. Both of my novels, The Pecan Man and What Matters in Mayhew are set in real towns with fictitious names. Leesburg natives recognize landmarks from my old hometown, and Mayo folk know well the stores and dwellings I describe. 2016 was a big year for me. The Pecan Man was optioned for movie rights, and selected for the State of Arkansas’ common reader program “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book.” It was also the year I graduated from college with a BFA in Creative Writing, made possible by my late-in-life publishing success. I travel a lot now, doing creative writing workshops and book-signings, and encouraging other writers to invest in their own talent. I am living the life I never allowed myself to dream, and I am grateful beyond words.