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Running on Red Dog Road : and other perils of an Appalachian childhood
Berkheimer, Drema Hall, author.
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2016]
Physical Description:
203 pages ; 22 cm
Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave through Drema's childhood in 1940s Appalachia after her father is killed in the coal mines, her mother goes off to work as a Rosie the Riveter, and she is left in the care of devout Pentecostal grandparents. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that reads like a novel with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and indisputable charm. Drema's coming of age is colored by tent revivals with Grandpa, poetry-writing hobos, and traveling carnivals, and through it all, she serves witness to a multi-generational family of saints and sinners whose lives defy the stereotypes. Just as she defies her own. Running On Red Dog Road is proof that truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to life and faith in an Appalachian childhood.
I come from coal -- Washed in the blood -- The color of India ink -- Strung of fine wire -- Forcing the forsythia -- A hobo's prayer -- The spirit is willing -- Only the essence remained -- Mistook for a haint -- Most call me Tolly -- Survivors will be shot -- A handful of the mountain -- Lead a horse to water -- A gizzard on my fork -- Suffer the little children -- The flesh is weak -- Ladies don't sweat -- Gypsy skirt -- Birds of a feather -- The living and the deaf -- Lonely Hearts Club man -- There be dragons -- Mr. Pursley's world -- The river ran cold -- The mountain fell away -- All the bells were ringing.
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