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It was a long walk to the end of the driveway. Margaret Prickett saw the sun glint off Mr. Kelly?s U.S. Post Office truck, nearly airborne from the pink and blue balloons tied to his sideview mirrors in cheerful disregard of government regulation. He loved kids, probably because he had none of his own, and kids loved him. When her daughter, Polly, was a little girl, she used to leave wax-paper cups of Pepsi inside the mailbox, the red flag raised so that he wouldn?t drive past thirsty. And though by the time he opened the little black oven the cola was flat and fatty with melted wax, in gratitude he would always leave her a rubber band. It was a splendid economy.

Mr. Kelly only got out of his truck when there was something to sign for, yet to Margaret?s eyes, he stepped out seemingly empty-handed. She waved to him, a big hearty arm?sweep, as if to say, Great to see you. Got something good? He waved back, a small, unenthusiastic little shake from the wrist that could only mean registered letter.

Sure enough, she spotted it on his clipboard, the little square of serious pale green. She stopped about fifty yards away from him, suddenly overwhelmed by the mid-afternoon heat of the day. Maybe she could just turn around and calmly walk back to the cheese house, lock herself in, and make August deal with Mr. Kelly. Maybe she could just stand there until he disappeared like the mirage he looked to be in the heat, a postal specter no more valid than a canceled stamp.

Product Details

Holman, Sheri
Atlantic Monthly Press
New York
Mothers and daughters
Multiple birth
Rural families
Historical reenactments
Domestic fiction
Women dairy farmers
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Publication Date:
August 2003
9.22x6.32x1.40 in. 1.64 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780871139009 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The Mammoth Cheese teeters on the edge of parody from time to time, but Holman keeps all these wonderful characters — including the cows — grounded in her deeper themes about the debt one generation owes another and the lust for independence. Yes, colonies rebel and the ones we want most to protect reject our care as tyranny, but Holman knows that good parents can love their children and still let them have their whey." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review" by , "A deft account of the contradictions of small-town life."
"Review" by , "[An] engaging multidimensional tale....Holman's latest imaginative sprawl of a novel explores quintessential American themes — independence, patriotism and politics — to great tragi-comic effect."
"Review" by , "[The Mammoth Cheese] dazzles with its combination of history, religion, political satire and tragedy. Every character here is a delicately nuanced, vivid creation."
"Review" by , "Part Jon Hassler, part Robert Altman film — and all-around terrific."
"Review" by , "With these wonderfully inventive, charmingly flawed characters, Holman pierces one shallow vanity of modern society after the other. Highly recommended."
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