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I love books. I mostly read biographies, history, quilting, crafts and true crime. Gary bought a book called Leaving Gee’s Bend, by Irene Latham. Of course it caught my eye. Who does not love anything about Gee’s Bend and being quilters we are more interested.
He stayed glued to the book for a couple of days until he finished it. I knew it was a must read for me. Anything that his attention had to be wonderful. I started it day before yesterday and finished it last night. It is an easy read and every word will keep your attention. You can read it in a day if you choose to.
Here is a description of the book.
Ten-year-old Ludelphia Bennett had never set her bare feet on any dirt outside the small sharecropping community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. There was never a need for it. While her daddy and brother were in the fields pulling cotton, Ludelphia helped her mama around the house. When there wasn’t work to be done she pulled the small scraps of cloth and needle from her pocket to work on her story quilt. Stitching the tiny pieces together settled her thoughts and comforted her.
As time passed, Mama needed her help more often. It seemed that the bigger the baby grew inside Mama, the weaker she became. One morning, a series of coughing fits seized Mama and caused her to collapse on the floor. She couldn’t get back up. It was all Ludelphia could do to get Mama across the room and onto the cornshuck pallet she used for a bed. It was too soon for the baby to be born but it couldn’t be helped. Without a doctor or time to spare, Ludelphia and her neighbor, Etta Mae, did everything they knew how to do.
When her mama’s health takes a turn for the worse and her family says there’s nothing else they can do, Ludelphia takes matters into her own hands. She decides that her mama’s only hope is for her to leave Gee’s Bend in search of a real doctor with real medicine. The perilous journey to Camden is over 40 miles long and danger lurks at every turn. Ludelphia’s greatest strength is her ability to draw on the words of wisdom her mother instilled in her over the years. Will this inner strength be enough to carry Ludelphia to Camden and back in time to save her mother’s life?
Leaving Gee’s Bend is set in 1932 in the dirt-poor sharecropping community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The language used is authentic to the period and people. The characters and landscape are vivid. The author moves smoothly between Ludelphia’s inner thoughts and the world around her. Although the protagonist is only ten, Leaving Gee’s Bend will appeal to more than a middle-grade audience and is reminiscent of Wilder’s Little House series.
Latham has successfully woven together a novel that reflects the deep faith and inner strength of the people of Gee’s Bend and offers a glimpse into the area’s rich quilting history.
You can read more about the author http://www.irenelatham.com/
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You will really love this book. I know we did.