In a Pickle

Fiction - Mystery - General
268 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2023
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Reviewed by Zahid Sheikh for Readers' Favorite

In a Pickle by Marilyn Whitehorse details the humorous journey of the protagonist Charles Madison Montgomery Washington. Through a series of adventures, from hiding money in a pickle jar to taking on the identity of a reverend, Charles' resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit are highlighted. As the plot takes unexpected turns, Charles confronts the difficulties of homelessness, makes a risky escape, and negotiates interactions in a mental hospital. The story gains emotional depth with Charles' interactions with Mama and Agnes, which provide insights into the intricacies of her inner world. The plot is vibrant and full of surprising twists, which keeps readers interested all the way through. The funny events add to the story's overall humor, especially those that center on Charles' encounters with the medical staff.

The story weaves together heartwarming and humorous moments involving an unconventional upbringing, interactions in a mental health facility, and a dangerous escape. Marilyn Whitehorse's unique writing style captures the essence of Charles' character and mental condition. The author skillfully alternates between moments of clarity and moments of chaos, reflecting the unpredictability of Charles' circumstances. The story addresses identity, mental health, and the difficulties people face while navigating a system that frequently fails to comprehend and assist them. It also explores the resilience and strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. In a Pickle combines humor, mystery, and insightful reflections on life, creating a captivating and engaging reading experience.