A Paragraph I Like from a Novel by Ann B. Ross

Ann B. Ross constructed a wonderful and hilarious paragraph in one of her novels, Miss Julia Delivers the Goods. I usually write about a sentence I like from a novel in my second blog post each month, but this paragraph of three sentences was just too good to pass up.

Miss Julia Delivers the Goods

First, to set the scene,

Mr. Pickens has expressed his regret that Hazel Marie is sick and asks Miss Julia if Hazel Marie is getting better. Hazel Marie’s teenage son is present. The son and Mr. Pickens don’t know that the unwed Hazel Marie is pregnant, although Mr. Pickens is the father of the baby. As only Miss Julia can, she replies to Mr. Pickens’ question as follows:

“ʻIt’ll be a long, drawn-out recuperation period, though – a few months, the doctor said. She’s lost a lot of weight, too, but we expect her to put a good deal back on real soon. Why, you might not even recognize her by springtime, but then she’ll level back to her normal size.’”

If that doesn’t strike you as being funny, I’m sorry I misled you. Perhaps the entire story leading up to the quote needs to be read for it to be appreciated. Ann B. Ross has written 19 books about Miss Julia, a fictional elderly Southern lady, and I believe the next installment will be released in April. If you’re looking for some good small-town Southern humor, Ann B. Ross is your author.

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read. If you’re a writer, I hope you have quality writing time.



2 thoughts on “A Paragraph I Like from a Novel by Ann B. Ross

  1. Thanks Janet for sharing. I’m currently reading ‘my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry’ by Fredrik Backman.

    First paragraph – Every seven-year-old deserves a superhero. That’s just how it is. Anyone who doesn’t agree needs their head examined”.

    I’ve only read the first two chapters and can’t wait to see where that first paragraph takes me.


  2. Wow! The name of the book immediately makes me want to know what the grandmother is sorry for. I just looked it up on Amazon and found it has excellent reviews. I’ll be interested to know what you think of it when you finish reading it. Thanks for sharing what you’re reading. I’ll add Fredrik Backman to my “to read” list.


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