Lost without the River

Lost without the River

by Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic


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Lost Without the River is an elegantly wrought memoir of resilience, courage, and reinvention. A portrait of nature at its most beautiful and demanding, it is the story of a girl whose family struggled against Depression-era hardship and personal tragedy to carve out a small farm in rural South Dakota. The youngest of seven, Barbara wrestles against the expectations of her family, the strictures of the church, and the limits imposed by a male-dominated culture. Eager for adventure, she leaves the farm—first for the Peace Corps and ultimately for the unknown environs of Manhattan’s Upper East Side—but she never truly escapes. Lost Without the River demonstrates the emotional power that even the smallest place can exert, and the gravitational pull that calls a person back home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631525315
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 606,876
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic's writing career began as a reporter for the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Argus Leader, and continued in New York City at G.P. Putnam's Sons. She now lives in New York City where she's working on her second memoir.

Table of Contents

Part I Portrait Of A Farm

A Family Photograph 3

The Farm at the Bottom of the Hill 6

In the Beginning 17

Always a Straggle 21

Part II Bridge, Barn, And Silo

The Biggest Snapper Ever 35

Lightening the Load 40

Working Together 42

An Eye on the River 48

The River 50

The Next Morning 57

Same Chore Day After Day 59

Always There 62

A Summer Afternoon 64

Falling Down 67

Part III Faith And Punishment

Opera in the Kitchen 71

The Spare Room 73

Seen and Not Heard 75

Never Meant to Be a Farmer 78

Other Bridges 85

Calling the Cows Home 87

Looking for Color 89

A Matter of Faith 93

Returning to Church 96

A Wider World 99

Trying to Fit In 105

Part IV Mother's Turn

Men Told the Stones 111

First Drive Out 115

Three Days in June 117

A Cup of Tea 121

Midnight Companions 127

The Empty Crib 131

The White Dress 134

Part V We Begin To Leave

One by One 137

Packing Up 141

Up the Whetstone River, Slowly 145

The Social Worker 149

The Night the Barn Burned 153

An Unforeseen Pleasure 163

Dirt 165

Part VI Returning Again And Again

The Mourning Dove 171

Another Goodbye 173

The Final Flood 176

The Gate 187

Wild Plum Cobbler 190

Lost 194

Annual Pilgrimage 195

Carting Gooseberries and Chandeliers 204

Final Details 208

Traveling with Bob 213

Thinking About Beans 226

An Early Resolve 230

Part VII Finale

Foreigner 237

Cribbage 241

Roots and Leaves 242

Mass of the Angels 247

No Record 252

Dirt, Revisited 255

Returing Home 256

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