Hold Autumn in Your Hand / Edition 1

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"The Texas January day was all blue and gold and barely crisp. Only the absence of leaves and sap, the presence of straggling bands of awkward crows, the gray-yellow flutter of field larks, and the broad, matter-of-fact hibernation of the earth said it was winter as Sam Tucker walked along the road, his long legs functioning automatically, farmerly. His body had about it the look of country dogs at the end of winter, when they are all ribs and leg muscles and jaw muscles and teeth. . . ."

Hold Autumn in Your Hand, is the memorable story of Sam Tucker and the year that he contracts to farm sixty-eight acres of San Pedro bottomland. He is eager to work the rich soil despite the fact that he will earn only six bits a day. Sam, his wife Nona, their two children, and one of the most irrepressible grandmothers in modern fiction absorb the reader in their joys and disappointments. The story is built around Sam Tucker's determination to use his knowledge of the land and hard work to provide food for his family and hope for the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826303776
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1975
  • Series: Zia Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 700,969
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

The son of a pharmacist, George Sessions Perry was born in Rockdale, Texas in 1910. His early fiction revealed his concern for those who worked the land in the area where he grew up. After World War II, he spent several years writing feature articles for such publications as the Saturday Evening Post. He later returned to writing fiction and bought the farm that was the site of Hold Autumn in Your Hand. Sessions died in 1956.
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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Simple beauty

    "Hold Autumn In Your Hand" was a good story told in a very simple manner. It was almost as if it could have been background narration for a movie, if you can imagine that. It painted a picture in my mind of exactly what was going on, and nothing else description wise (or very little), making it a breeze to read through and enjoy without getting caught up in deciphering text. The style my grandmother would use to tell my sister and I the story of Hansel and Gretel before going to sleep came to mind. Straight storytelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    Wonderful book

    I could not put this book down. A wonderful book from beginning to end. Although a little confusing in the beginning, your eyes will quickly become glued to the pages.If you enjoy reading stories similar to Where the Red Fern Grows or To Kill a Mockingbird, you will love this book. This book portrays a families life during the depression era in Texas. The ending brings happy tears to your eyes.

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