Daddy S Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family Jo McDougall

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Daddy S Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family  by  Jo McDougall

Daddy S Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family by Jo McDougall
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Jo McDougall brings a poets 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-immigrantMoreJo McDougall brings a poets 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 familys acreage near DeWitt and the town itself provide the stage for McDougalls 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, Daddys Money presents McDougalls 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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