Broken Ground is a wonderful story, which started as a family story and as the author did her research expanded into a reveal about the historic deportations of Mexican Farm Workers from California in the 1930s. This removal of immigrants was also described as “self-deportation” even when they had been born in the USA and had lived here all of their lives. It proves to be a difficult story and a tarnished period of our history. The writing is quite lavish and beautiful.
The story is about Ruth Warren a young widow who is finding a way out of the Oklahoma and Texas Dust Bowl with the assistance of her friend the local librarian. Her life has not been easy and yet she steps onto a train to head west to a new life and a new future. There is an emotional honesty to the story and the readers may find themselves holding their breath for Ruth’s safety and future. Poverty and religious traditions keep a firm grasp on her life and the choices she is able to make, and yet she does find a future and hope.
When the character is able to question and is inquisitive there can be hope and resolution. Change can happen. The story is inspirational. Together with her new friends there comes about a promising future.
“Karen Halvorsen Schreck’s novel SING FOR ME received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her previous novels include WHILE HE WAS AWAY, a finalist for the 2012 Oklahoma Young Adult Book Award, and DREAM JOURNAL a 2006 Young Adult Book Sense Pick Her short stories have received various awards, including a Pushcart Prize and an Illinois Arts Council Grant. Karen received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives with her family in Wheaton, Illinois.” (Cover)
Larissa Ackerman | Claire McKinneyPR, LLC sent me a copy of BROKEN GROUND for review. I am going to pass it on to neighbor right away, because I am sure she will enjoy this read as much as I did. The book already has 43 5 stars reviews on Amazon.