The Mark

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May Lewis would call it gumption, courage mixed with determination to beat the odds. May sure needed it. So did Tom McClain.
"The Mark" is a story of gumption at the start of the Great Depression in the United States. May is a farmer's daughter who suddenly has to take on the burden of saving her home and land from foreclosure. She also must care for her mother, who is frequently in deep depression.
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Overview

May Lewis would call it gumption, courage mixed with determination to beat the odds. May sure needed it. So did Tom McClain.
"The Mark" is a story of gumption at the start of the Great Depression in the United States. May is a farmer's daughter who suddenly has to take on the burden of saving her home and land from foreclosure. She also must care for her mother, who is frequently in deep depression.
Tom is a hobo, driven by the need for a job to ride the rails around the country, following the latest rumors of opportunities.
When their lives intersect in the midst of a crisis, May is forced to depend on this stranger who knows next to nothing about the work required to save the farm. Tom and May face fire, drought, and low grain prices. Along the way Tom begins to lay aside his grief and bitterness.
"The Mark" accurately depicts Depression era hobo and rural life. It has affinity with popular stories that depict the simple life and faith of the Amish. The story also offers an empathetic, realistic glimpse into clinical depression, for which little help was available in 1930.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479126033
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

As a child, Paul Ingram was immersed in stories of farming during the 1920s and 1930s. He left behind his farm roots to become a newspaper reporter and editor but continued to appreciate the struggles of that era. Paul is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis and holds a master's in history/theology from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Now a freelance writer and book editor, Paul is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife Sheila live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have two grown children.
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