Hardback Carrying Albert home / Homer Hickam.
Publication year: 2015
Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780008154219 (hbk.) :
Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen. But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: 'Me or that alligator!' After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home.
xv, 398 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm