Size: 6 x 9
Author: Scott Wright
Format: Softcover, 129 pp
Pub Date: December 2012
$12.95 +$2.50 postage and handling
Of Snapping Turtles and Packing Plants is a fun, engaging, and at times bittersweet exploration of childhood. The recollections of Wright are wonderfully relatable, bringing to mind long-forgotten episodes from my own youth. A good read that will draw you in and spur your own sense of nostalgia."
Scott Wright’s Of Snapping Turtles and Packing Plants is an altogether rewarding read for those interested in the small town of South St. Paul, Minnesota, in the 1950s. It is also a study in the gradual emergence of character and a reflection of the broader human condition. An exemplary instance of successful local color, it finds universal significance in the most local and specific of events."
George Peterson grows up in South St. Paul, Minnesota, in the 1940s and early 1950s. His struggles with his father, recently returned from WWII, leads him to a more generalized rebellion against his father, schools, piano teachers, and the prevailing social norms of the era. Included among his childhood heroes is the notorious bank robber and prison escape artist Willie “The Actor” Sutton. At the same time, George’s mother and grandfather provide critical counterbalances to this pattern of rebellion. Combining fiction and memoir, humor and cultural observation, Of Snapping Turtles and Packing Plants, paints an engaging portrait of its time and place.