The Werley Boys

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
The Collinsville town board is unhappy with two old men who refuse to hook up their house to the municipal sewer system. And the old men are upset because the "communists" in the town hall want them to stop using the privy they have used all their lives. Fireworks erupt when the board takes action.

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About John Pesta

I was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but I have lived in southern Indiana most of my life. For many years I was editor and publisher of The Brownstown Banner, a semiweekly paper in the south-central part of the state. During that time I wrote all sorts of things for the paper, from obituaries to editorials, from town-meeting stories to high-school sports, from features about housewives’ favorite recipes to captions for photos of dead rattlesnakes and giant pumpkins.

I received degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, and I spent a year at the University of London on a Fulbright fellowship. My short stories have appeared in various literary magazines, among them Sou’wester, The Florida Review, Four Quarters, and Prairie Schooner. My mystery novel, "Safely Buried," won the 2012 Best Books of Indiana Contest sponsored by the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. The cover of the book features a pastel painting by my wife, Maureen. Our children, Jesse and Abigail, live in New York.

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Review by: Philip Stewart on Oct. 28, 2012 :
Great "Laundromat" book !!! Read it in about an hour while doing my laundry. Sure made watching washers and dryers a lot more enjoyable!!!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Review by: Flow on July 3, 2011 :
I love this story -- it really captures the humor of small-town life, as the Werleys make a case for having a turlet in the back yard, ha! Great characters. A really fun read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Reed A. Bookertew on July 2, 2011 :
What a funny and wonderful small town yarn! The Werley boys, two hillbillies named Jasper and Delmar, insist on keeping an outhouse in their backyard. But the town fathers are insistent too--it’s time to upgrade to indoor plumbing. An ill-conceived prank goes disastrously awry, and the town's lawyer is on holiday again in Hawaii. What will Sue, the cute newspaper reporter, write about the fiasco?

The characters here are perfect. The frog-lipped town councilman, the slow-talking constable and of course the Werleys and their passionate defense of their backyard toilet. A classic, laugh-out-loud short story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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