This story covers the moment Chloe May was born into the world through to her nineteenth year. Growing up in the dust bowl of Oklahoma, in the midst of the Great Depression, May faced the usual childhood challenges—with the addition of family crisis’, near death experiences, and the threat of starvation at times.
Life wasn’t easy, but throughout the seven children’s lives, their parents were dedicated to giving them all they could.
I enjoyed the real story of a family’s struggle that we can’t imagine, like waking up in the morning and staring at your pillow, an outline of dust where your head had laid.
This book was written as a wonderful tribute to the author’s mother and her real life experiences. That’s one reason I have a little trouble referring to this as a novel. While it’s in a fictional format, it lacks the internal conflict, goal, and character change needed for a novel.
However, I enjoyed this story. It gave me an even more real picture of that time period and struggles than the Grapes of Wrath (movie version) did. I can’t imagine being in the parents’ shoes with such burdens, but they bore them with an enviable courage.
You can get a copy of Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl on Amazon.