This is a story of an American family, growing up in the Appalachian area of Southern Ohio in the early 1950's. Most families of this period had it rough. This book relates the anguish of neglect, abandonment and rejection the children suffered. Even so, there was love. Some of the siblings went on to live through many indignities. The loss of loved ones too early in our lives, created an emptiness in their hearts, but an impression they would never forget. Even so, some were successful, and beat the odds. A captivating book, easy to read, and very candid. A book that needs to be read by young parents and readers that enjoy a little nostalgia in their lives.
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Shirley was one of the nine Bragg children, of a family where alcohol prevailed.
She married at a young age and managed to escape some of the turmoil her siblings went through. Until one day, she realized she too was trapped in a life of poverty.
The stories of her remaining siblings, who survived, her parents and her struggles to find a better way of life, make this a must read book. Everyone can relate.
"The Silver Star was awarded to Billy with the letter describing his death as a hero. Before he died, Dad and Mom had been looking for land to purchase in Southern Ohio ( a suggestion from Billy to get us away from the city.) My parents also wanted to get away from friends who drank alcohol and partied."
"I was now living in a wistful world of my own with my teenage friends, not aware of the damaging changes taking place in our new home, destroying all the dreams we had planned as a family together."