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A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago, #1)
Author Richard Peck started this novel as a short story, using his story "Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground" as the first chapter when he discovered that his main character Grandma Dowdel couldn't be contained to just one story. The narrative structure is built around grandchildren Joey and Mary Alice visiting their Grandmother in rural Illinois every summer. Growing up in Chicago, the two siblings have a lot to learn about small town living, and their crusty Grandmother's old fashioned ways. Each chapter is written as a stand alone story, and cover the years between 1929-1935. We see the children age into teens, and their relationship with their Grandmother matures. She is truly a force to be reckoned with, and has the proverbial kind heart underneath her gruff exterior. A lovely prologue and epilogue bookend the stories, and Grandma Dowdel is someone you will never ever forget!
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