Jo McDougall brings a poet's sensibility to memoir. Recounting five generations of Delta rice farmers, through family archives and oral histories, she traces how the clan made their way into the fabric of America, beginning with her Belgian-immigrant grandfather, a pioneer rice farmer on the Arkansas Delta at the turn of the twentieth century. As John Grisham has for a 1950s Arkansas cotton farm, McDougall illuminates an Arkansas rice farm in the 1930s and 1940s. The Garot family's acreage near DeWitt and the town itself provide the stage for McDougall's wry, compelling, and layered account of the day-to-day of rice growing on the farm that her father inherited. In that setting she discovers a rich quniverse of wordsq in the Great Depression, comes of age during World War II, and finds her way alongside qthat whole quirky, compelling cast of charactersq that comprised her kin. In this conflicted, ironic, southern-but-universal account of betrayal, heartbreak, loss, and joy, qthe vagaries and the graceq of the land join forces with the power of money as family bonds are both forged and dissolved. Deeply felt, unsentimental, and often humorous, Daddy's Money presents McDougall's life and the lives of her relatives in the way that all our lives are eventually framed-as stories. qWhen all else is lost, q the author maintains, qthe stories remain.qA Memoir of Farm and Family Jo McDougall. with the ... Although I was never to be proficient as a band member or in sports, I was ardent about language and writing. ... In those days Lion Oil Corporation sponsored an essay contest for high anbsp;...
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