Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman's Life (Hardback)
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Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman's Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 30/10/2015
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Frieda Harms was born into a farming family in Indian Territory in 1906. Widowed at thirty and left with three children in the midst of the Great Depression, she worked as a farmer, a railroad cook, a mill worker, and a nurse in four states. She died in 1983.

Sandra Scofield spent most of her childhood with her grandmother Frieda and remained close to her in adulthood. When Frieda died, Sandra received her Bible and boxes of her photographs, letters, and notes. For thirty years, Sandra dipped into that cache.

Sandra always sensed an undercurrent of hard feelings within her grandmother, but it was not until she sifted through Frieda's belongings that she began to understand how much her life had demanded, and how much she had given. At the same time, questions in Sandra's own history began to be answered, especially about the tug-of-war between her mother and grandmother. At last, in Mysteries of Love and Grief, Scofield wrestles with the meaning of her grandmother's saga of labor and loss, trying to balance her need to understand with respect for Frieda's mystery.

Publisher: Texas Tech Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780896729414
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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Throughout her depiction of her own family, Scofield kept me surprised a moment of generosity when I didn't expect it or of anger when I didn't expect that. Mysteries remain as they must, but I trusted the insights as well as the mysteries. I thought it was a very beautiful book, smart and sharp.
Karen Joy Fowler, author of "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" and "The Jane Austen Book Club"
Largely ungoverned by chronology, Scofield s journey of discovery unfolds organically, true to the way memory works. Seeking to know her grandmother, she honors the lives and artistic bent of many women marginalized by gender and poverty in the early to mid-twentieth century. This is a unique and necessary work.
Lorraine M. Lopez, author of" Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories" and "The Darling""

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