Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family

Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family

by Jo McDougall
     
 

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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

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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 "universe of words" in the Great Depression, comes of age during World War II, and finds her way alongside "that whole quirky, compelling cast of characters" that comprised her kin. In this conflicted, ironic, southern-but-universal account of betrayal, heartbreak, loss, and joy, "the vagaries and the grace" 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. "When all else is lost," the author maintains, "the stories remain."

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"McDougall manages, in the space of only 169 pages, to relate not only her moving and interesting personal story but also to bring to life a bygone era." —Arkansas Review

"McDougall's prose style is beautiful; the book reads like an extended poem in places. It's a fascinating history, a gripping family drama, a tender memoir; it's one of our best poets writing about the things she loves and has lost." —C.L. Bledsoe in Hollins Critic

"This many-splendored book should be interesting to anybody who can read." —Margaret Jones Bolsterli, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Summer 2012

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557289674
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
828,621
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jo McDougall lives in Leawood Kansas. She is the author of five books of poetry, including From Darkening Porches and Towns Facing Railroads (University of Arkansas Press).

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