Homestead

Macclanahan, George

Published by Amer Book Pub, 2002
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Synopsis: Spud Murphy, at age 5, witnesses the harsh realities of the depression of the 1930’s when his entire family moves to the country to build a home in the back country of California’s Cosumnes River region. While Mac, Spud’s father, shepherds the entire family through the painful process of constructing a home from used materials, simultaneously using all the wit, wisdom, and ingenuity he can muster to keep his family together and healthy, we witness the all-too frequent abyss that occurs between fathers and sons. As the homestead begins to come together, Spud’s relationship with his father merely unravels further.

Even when his beloved sister E.J. returns from a long sanitarium stay and rejoins the family, the deterioration and inevitable separation of Spud from his parents and siblings looms larger and larger. But in spite of the friction between father and son, in spite of the loss of Spud’s youth to an economic and cultural catastrophe, the ending will leave a mark on any reader who still believes in sthe fundamental values of responsibility, accountability, and plain old American soul.

Homestead is a gritty, rich, captivating account of childhood, adolescence and eventual evolution, seen through the eyes of one who lived it, and that will remind all who read it of the sacrifices, trials and victories of the Americans who lived through, survived, and grew stronger in spite of the great depression and two World Wars. Laced with simple eloquence, and drawn with tools forged from bittersweet experience, this author’s account will make you laugh, curse and cry. But most importantly, it will inspire a sense of gratitude, wondrous joy, and an awesome respect for those who came before us, who shaped America during one of the darkest yet most fertile periods in her history. This author provides an inspiring, uplifting and urgent message for the reader, and does it with humility, charm, and character that engages, entertains and inspires.

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Title: Homestead
Publisher: Amer Book Pub
Publication Date: 2002
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