First Sentence Fridays! CHAPTER TEN

While writing this book, I had to dig deep to try and picture living in a situation where you have access to…not much.  Food for instance.  In the Stamper’s situation, other than what they could grow, hunt, and kill or scavenge, this was the only way to eat.  I don’t know about you, but when I get hungry, I get a tad irritable.  How convenient to go grab a bag of chips, and satisfy that hunger, right?

What was required on the part of individuals who lived in the region in the early 20th century was an awareness life there would never be easy, even under the best of conditions, but it was their home, and all they knew.  This sentence, as noted on the book’s flap copy says it just right: For fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper and her family, life in the Appalachian Mountains is simple and satisfying, though not for the tenderhearted.

If there is one thing I learned as I went along, it’s that the individuals who inhabited this place, the ones who lived and thrived there, were rugged and hardy, certainly not tenderhearted except perhaps with regard to their love for one another.  They had to be tough in order to survive harsh and inhospitable conditions, and this was when they had a roof over their heads, food stored, and clothing made.  Scattered among the hills and hollers, families, whose work ethics, capacity for generosity, and pure tenaciousness resulted in a life that was fulfilling, but it was never, ever without its trials.   

CHAPTER TEN

Our deprivation has turned into a grinding hunger hard to ignore.

 

A Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOK Fall/Winter 2017, and a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Trio Pick for 2018, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET releases December 26th, 2017.  

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