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This was life before we got so smart -before cell phones, television sets and reliable birth control. It is the story of four generations and how they made a mark on life in Central Ohio during times nobody thought were good, of how people stuck together and supported one another day after endless day. Greene gives us the details of how Lena's hopes to become a carpenter were dashed by her mother's desire to protect the family name from disgrace. She gives us animal-killing snow storms and the 1937 Ohio River floods when flood stage reached 70 feet. She gives us dear, sweet Bussy's cock fights with a rooster named Tarzan, and a hilarious but ill-fated plan of Uncle Dick's to touch his teacher, Peggy Sue Heatley's voluptuous breasts, and so much more.
This story is not light-hearted by any test, but it is one well worth reading as it gives the reader an inside look at what many of our ancestors survived so we might follow them.
Author Greene puts it this way:
"Despite the tragedies, the hardships associated with farm life, and the ravages of the Great Depression, there was an underlying quality of buoyancy to the spirits of those remarkable people. Even though I carry in my cells the unfortunate imprint of my many nights in the rocking chair with my grandmother as she cried for Bussy and Bob and her other departed loved-ones, my cells also carry the much deeper and more influential legacy of the resilience, the optimism, and the gaiety of my ancestors."
Linda Lee Greene uses an Appalachian dialect for her characters that seems authentic and easy to navigate. This remarkable book reminds me of two Jeannette Walls books: HALF BROKE HORSES and THE GLASS CASTLE.The five star rating I gave GUARDIANS AND OTHER ANGELS is not enough. I wish I could give it more. I look forward to savoring the sequel.
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