Project Description


Out to Pasture

(But Not Over the Hill)

by Effie Leland Wilder
illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein

The first of Effie Leland Wilder’s raucous tales about Hattie McNair and the other residents of FairAcres Retirement Home

Hattie McNair may be retired, but she certainly hasn’t retired from life. In journals and letters to a friend, Hattie tells the stories of her fellow residents at a retirement home and of the immeasurable gifts and burdens of aging.

Through the histories, hopes, and hijinks of Hattie’s friends and foes, we come to know the Fair Acres folks and to share their triumphs and losses. When they join forces to help an illiterate young handyman, Hattie and company change their lives as well as those of young Arthur Priest and his family. By the time we finish Out to Pasture, we know the pride found in a life lived long and well, and the impact that we can have, no matter our age, on the people—and the world—around us.

Paperback: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-265-1
Total Pages: 177
Size: 6 x 8
Language: English
Audio Cassette: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-136-4
Size: 4 1/4 x 7
Language: English


“A touching portrayal that breathes deserved life into an overlooked generation.” ―Booklist

“[Effie Wilder] has the writer’s eye and the storyteller’s gift. Her tales are wry, funny, melancholy, philosophical. Her reflections strike a common chord.” ―James Kilpatrick, syndicated columnist

Meet the Author

Effie Leland Wilder was the author of five books. She graduated from Converse College in 1930 and received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1982. She also received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest award, for her philanthropic work. Her work has been published in the Charleston News and Courier and in the Saturday Evening Post. Ms. Wilder passed away in 2007.

Meet the Illustrator

Laurie Allen Klein is a graduate of Maryville College in Tennessee. An illustrator and graphic artist, her work has appeared in Atlanta and Athens magazines and in publications for the Baptist Home Mission Board, the Presbyterian Publishing House, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. She lives in Florida.