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Robert Dalby was born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1946 to R. D. and Helen Jenkins Kuehnle. Dalby's father wrote pulp fiction novellas and was an editor and writer in New York after World War II. Dalby grew up in Natchez and graduated from South Natchez Adams High School in 1964. He then obtained a B.A. at Sewanee: The University of the South.
To date, he has published five novels including God of the Door, O Bed! O Breakfast! Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly and Kissing Babies at the Piggly Wiggly, which was recently awarded Best Fiction of 2008 by the Mississippi Library Association. The third in the Piggly Wiggly series entitled A Piggly Wiggly Wedding, was published by Putnam in 2009.
He currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
?The charmingly eccentric and infinitely lovable characters from Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly are back??(Louise Shaffer, author of The Ladies of Garrison Gardens)
In Second Creek, Mississippi, Hale Dunbar is taking on the solidly entrenched mayor in the upcoming election. Hale may not have much political experience, but he has something better: he?s being backed by the Nitwitts?the town?s most influential and enjoyably eccentric posse of widows. As the campaign unfolds, everyone is about to discover what?s more important than coming in first?close friends, second chances, and true love. And of course, a good slogan.
The Piggly Wiggly has been the hub of the community of Second Creek, Mississippi, but now it may be forced to shut down. Determined to keep her favorite market open, Laurie Lepanto enlists the help of her fellow "Nitwitts." They are influential widows who love to socialize-and remain true to their beloved store. With the help of handsome widower and former ballroom dancer Powell Hampton, they have the ladies of Second Creek foxtrotting back into the market. It's become the town's most festive event: waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly (while someone else takes care of the shopping). But it's Laurie who's thrown for a whirl when the dancing sparks an unpredictable romance. It may be the best deal she's ever gotten at the Piggly Wiggly.