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Truth is stranger than fiction! An incredible story.....
14 February 2016
Donna Mabray shares her grandmother's story with astounding vision and sensitivity. It is a fabulous read and it made me so grateful that people continue to tell the stories of their ancestors.
It is a great book, told in the first person, in the voice of Maude. It's an honest book, written in plain words that you would use to talk to your friend over a cup of tea. It covers 1906 through the late 1960s. I found the time span interesting to see Maude go from using horses for transportation and using an outhouse to finally having her husband work for an automobile plant in Detroit and having indoor plumbing and electricity. The books spans the lives of her children and grandchildren and is very relatable.
We need to be reminded again and again of the suffering others endured that have made our lives so much richer. Other reviewers have written this book is somewhat depressing, I see it as a triumph of spirit. Despite loss, grief, and endless hard work, Maude kept to her values. Indeed, her values are all that she had any choice in making. That and her gifts to others...her entire life was given to caring for others, even those who hurt her and tried to destroy her. 5 stars.