15 March 2012

The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson Review

The Priest and the Peaches Book Summary

Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Larry Peterson's Bio:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal Lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, he left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kids moved to Florida 30 years ago. Larry began doing freelance newspaper commentary after graduating from Tampa College in 1984.

His first children's picture book, Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was published in 2011. In 2012, his full length novel, The Priest and the Peaches was released and he is presently working on the sequel.

He also has a blog (http://www.ThePriestandthePeaches.com) where he posts weekly commentary. He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other.

ISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
ISBN: 978-1-4658-6327-0
Pages: 285
Release: January 1, 2012

My Thoughts:
The Priest and the Peaches covers 7 days in the life of the now parentless Peach children following the death of their father. The Peach children have to cope with not only the death of their father but the funeral, all three days, the chaos that was left to their apartment, worries on how the bills will get paid and where the money was going to come from. Teddy , the oldest at 18 bears the responsibility for the care of the younger children all minors. Even though the odds are great that these children could be put in foster homes or adopted out is great, they do all they can to take care of each other. They find an ally in their priest. This book is classified as a YA historical fiction, to me it did not seen historical as I grew up in the 60's but the book is written where family, religion and community play a big part in the lives of the people in that era. This is a time where neighborhoods come together to assist those in need, as the Peach children certainly were. This novel has its ups and downs and lots of humor in a sad situation. I found myself tearing up and laughing at the same time over some of the antics of the younger children. I really enjoyed it and it is a quick read.
I was not monetarily compensated for my review.

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  1. Kathleen, you can't help getting attached to those Peach kids, can you? :)

  2. Hey Ladies--since you like them so much would you be available to baby-sit Beeker and Joey?. LOL

    Kathleen--thanks for the great review and for taking the time to feature the book. I really do appreciate it.
    Best wishes to you,
    Larry P

  3. Anytime Larry...enjoyed the book...!!



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