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Dabney offers an evocative account of growing up on a backwoods Virginia farm during the 1920s and 1930s, the struggle to survive in the face of financial hardship, and the family and friends who surrounded her
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Virginia Bell Dabney [1919-1997] lived on a farm in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia.From Publishers Weekly:
It was an unusual household: the mother and three daughters lived on a ramshackle farm in western Virginia while the father stayed in Chicago, visiting his family during summer vacations and at Christmas. Virginia (Vallie), much younger than her sisters, never felt comfortable with her father. Playmates were a rarity, but she found rewards in the company of farm animals and the three black people who were hired help. Vallie wistfully observed her sisters and their friends, dreaming about her future suitors. Strange for that time and place, the sisters received no religious instruction; Vallie's attempt at self-baptism and the cook's reaction makes an endearing story. A devastating forest fire destroyed the farmhouse, and the family lived in a shed until a new home was built. In her debut book, the 71-year-old Dabney paints a wonderfully nostalgic picture of rural life in the late '20s through the Depression years. Author tour.
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Book Description Random House, New York, NY, 1990. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, 2nd Printing. BRAND NEW Copy. Bookdealer sticker to rear cover verso. Autobiography/memoir. Life on a ramshackle, backwoods Virginia farm during the 1920's through the Great Depression. Recollections of Virginia Bell Dabney (1919 - 1997), written some fifty years after she left the family farm of her childhood. Although raised in a setting with leaky ceilings and frigid winter nights were the norm, and the family unspared of tragedies, separations and heartbreaks, Dabney knew love, felt love and found much enchanting and celebratory. An engaging book written with powerfully simple prose. Seller Inventory # 009874
Book Description Random House, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M039458211X
Book Description Random House, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX039458211X
Book Description Random House, 1990. Condition: New. BEST BUY.BRAND NEW BOOK.OFX/DD. Seller Inventory # 802664