A Remarkable Portrait of the Bygone South
In a time before washing machines, "wash day" ate up untold hours. Hog-slaughtering time was practically a holiday. And the biggest law-enforcement problem was the endless battle over bootlegging.
These were the years following World War II in Sandy Hook, Miss. Through the Eyes of a Child captures the remarkable way of life for Lennie Rankin Mills as she grows up the youngest of nine children on a cotton farm in this southern Mississippi town from 1946 through the sixties. It was a period characterized by hardship, privation and poverty-but also incredible joy, pride and accomplishment.
With a keen eye for detail and sharp ear for dialogue, Mills recalls a memorable cast of characters with a dash of Southern humor. There's Granny, in her late eighties, "who could cuss a blue streak" with the best of them, and Uncle Bubba, a purveyor of illegal booze and a very bad attitude. But Mills also provides an honest look at the complex and sometimes surprising racial attitudes of the post-war South. Through it all, Mills paints one of the most accurate portraits yet of a bygone era where electricity was still novel, people still settled their scores with guns and the most important activity of the week was the family gathering.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a very interesting and imformative book on life in the deep south back in the 50' and 60's. This author had a great way of discribing her life that could make you really understand the struggles of farm life but also the simple joys in life that we sometimes forget. It was also interesting to see how much has changed in our culture since the days of segregation.
This book brought to mind many of my own childhood memories growing up in Sandy Hook (Twin) Mississippi. I remember riding the school bus with Lennie and her sister Judy and brother Frank. Thanks, Lennie, for some beautiful memories. It was also great to see you on Saturday, October 17 at the Mullet Festival. I wish you much luck with your book.