In 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes. She said, Youve always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now, youre going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?"I didnt understand, but I nodded my head anyway. It sounded strange to me, the way so many things did. I would do what she told me. I didnt have a choice, any more than I had a choice in being born....
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I can't stop thinking about this book - and I really don't know what to make of it. It's the story of the author's grandmother's life, as she apparently told it to her granddaughter over the course of years. Amazing, fascinating, grapes-of-wrath tale. The writing's not great - but whose writing is it, exactly? and it's nonetheless very and oddly effective. I felt as if I had found someone's journal and couldn't not read it, incredulous, unable to imagine what would come next.
Though it's altoget ...more
Wow what a great read
From the first sentence you are taken away. All the characters are like good friends when you are done. Such a good book.
I enjoyed it, but I don't think everyone will. It's about a woman born in the 1800s in a small, poor town in Tennessee. It's about the hard life of women then,(she was born before electricity and running water) an unaffectionate husband, the tragedy of loosing babies and children, and included some U.S. history. I thought it was actually interesting all the way through it and it didn't drag out too much. It made me thankful once again for all the modern conveniences we have.
Wow, that is all I can say as I just finished this book. Some of the reviews described this book as sad, well it is sad, but what a strong woman Maude was. When you thought her life really couldn't get any worse, well it did. Her strong belief in God really led her through some very difficult times. In her case that was most of her life. I highly recommend reading this but find the positive in her story. It really is inspiring.
I wanted to like the book and I did in some ways. I just wondered if some of Maude' s children's behavior was related to her self confessed rejection of them even in infancy. I hate to think that Bud or Paul ever knew how she really felt about them though I suspect they knew. I don't think she made any effort to hide her favoritism. I kept hoping for some redemptive qualities to develop but for me, they did not. It was a tragic life that never improved and actually accelerated downhill at an ama ...more
This was a Free Kindle book that I read based on the many good user reviews it received. It's a realistic portrayal of a woman living in hard times - and boy, was her life miserable and depressing. The writing style is amateurish and the characters are very two-dimensional. Lots of religious undertones but that didn't seem to have much bearing on the main character's negative thinking/behavior towards some of her children and others. The story was too depressing and didn't provide much insight o ...more
This is an incredibly depressing, yet also highly-readable book. It's a heartbreaking account of the everyday tragedies and joys of a woman so representative of the women of her time and place who lived just barely above America's poverty line. It's insightful and sad, but its honesty makes it enjoyable. That being said, I need to read a lighthearted book about puppies and sunshine next to shake off the melancholy of Maude.
This book is based on the true story of the life of the author's grandmother, Maude Foley, who was born in 1892, and died during the 1960's. While most of the story is true, it is classified as fiction because the author states that there were instances that she had to fictionalize, such as gaps in memories, or recounting conversations that she was not a witness to.
The story opens on Maude's wedding day, when she was only 14 years old. Maude did not have an easy life, but she was a true survivor ...more