Charles L. Larance Miss Myrtle's Boy

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Miss Myrtle's Boy

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In the Southern storyteller tradition, Larry Larance has written about his boyhood in the small South Arkansas town of Warren. Miss Myrtle's Boy is a deceptively simple depiction of a youngster's coming of age in a very different time and place, the almost idyllic mid-America community of the 1940s and '50s.

Larance masterfully takes us back to Warren during a period when "traditional systems of authority were accepted, prices remained reasonable, jobs plentiful and inflation low." His tales about boyhood adventures, misadventures and experiences are evocative of family situations in "Ozzie & Harriet" and "Leave it to Beaver." Warren was a community where everyone knew everyone, and young Larance was known as Miss Myrtle's boy.

From getting to know the lumberyard night watchman, to blowing up a family chicken with a cherry bomb, Larance's Arkansas tales take us beyond the white picket fence of his modest boyhood home, and give us a new appreciation for mayhaws, pink tomatoes, squirrel mulligan and fishing on Pair-O-Geese for Gasper Ghouls. His observations and anecdotes are spiced with little lessons for life, all served up in a convincing and entertaining narrative, especially for those who can relate to that uncomplicated period of American history and the small town milieu.

There may be few boyhoods left like the one portrayed in Miss Myrtle's Boy.

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About the Author:

Charles Larry Larance was born in Ruston, La. in 1938, and grew up in Southeast Arkansas. He earned a liberal arts degree in speech at Louisiana Tech, and holds a master's in Public Relations from American University, Washington, D. C. As a U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed in Miami, Fla., he served as public informtion officer and Flag Lieutenant for the Seventh Coast Guard District during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequent anti-Castro rebel activities.

For more than 30 years he has been in the financial services industry, today division vice president for a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. A business and financial writer during much of his career, Miss Myrtle's Boy is his first book and his first attempt at writing so personal. Larance describes himself as "an anomaly, a corporate communications type happily married to his first and only wife, father of two precocious kids who turned out to be intelligent, accomplished, and fun-to-be-with young adults."

Larance and his wife Beth make their home in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield.

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