"I am grateful for the opportunity to read Mr. Swift's wonderful book. I loved it—family life remembered in detail but with such affection."
"Story telling is back! Edward Swift's new book, My Grandfather's Finger is a natural for readers who identify with sleeping porches, butter churns, wood-burning stoves and other delights of living in the Big Thicket of Texas. Time moves at human pace and characters are encouraged in this charming book."
"Utterly beguiling. A work of charm, wit, honesty, and heart."
—Carole Maso, author of Defiance
"Funny and poignant, this anecdotal memoir of a World War II childhood in an isolated hamlet in east Texas avoids nostalgia and reveals a darkness on the edges of the town and on the edges of the stories."
"The characters you meet in this book make Bailey White's seem like everyday folks."
"My Grandfather's Finger is a delightful book—sad and funny, nostalgic and tough-minded, moving and hilarious, with an array of wonderfully rendered characters rich enough to fill more books. It is a splendid enactment of storytelling, each tale standing on its own but also setting off memories for the next. Swift's writing is honest and forthright on the one hand and loving on the other. He appears to love these crazies not despite their faults, but for them. If we don't tell these stories, there'll be no one else left to, and they will vanish. I'm glad Edward Swift didn't let that happen."
—Jim Corder, author of Yonder
They will not be forgotten, though, for in My Grandfather’s Finger Edward Swift recalls a Big Thicket populated by family and friends as gloriously vibrant and enigmatic as the land itself. From Camp Ruby to nearby Woodville and all the swamps, bayous, and forests in between, Swift shows us a place and time so fecund with humor, tragedy, and good talk that, in growing up there, he had no choice but to become a novelist.
We meet, among many others, Mother, a widowed war bride who would spring-clean the inside of her house with a garden hose, and Aunt Coleta, childlike and always surrounded by an entourage of kids half enchanted by her and half scared witless. Then there are Uncle Frank, who, with self-fulfilling flair, would have drawn a pistol at the merest suggestion that his family was dysfunctional, and, of course, Grandfather, who lost his finger to a machete and his mind to cough medicine.
A mystical world of carnivals, talking fiddles, houses on wheels, atomic bombs, and total-immersion baptisms, Edward Swift’s Big Thicket was also a world in which he was loved unconditionally--and that alone makes it worth getting to know.
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