THE DIRTY DAYS, A YOUNG GIRL'S JOURNEY TO AND FROM THE OKLAHOMA DUST BOWL by Norma Welty
Genre: historical fiction
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It is 1933. As their beat-up truck travels down a road away from her Arkansas mountain home, Molly May Dowden can only hope a better future awaits her and her parents in Thistleway, Oklahoma. They have no idea of what is about to come.
With their money safely tucked away in a mattress, the Dowdens feel hopeful as they pass through Oklahoma City. But their hopes for an improved life disintegrate a hundred miles further west when a dust storm swirls dangerously around their truck. Forced to take shelter inside a dingy cafe with a band of quirky strangers, the Dowdens soon realize that life in Oklahoma may not be as easy as they had hoped. After the family finally settles in their dilapidated tenant farmer’s two-room shanty, one hardship piles up after another as they battle spider bites, rancid water, strange rashes, severe poverty, loneliness, and death. Left with no choice but to bravely persevere through the never-ending drought and dust, Molly and her family soon discover a fortitude they never knew they had.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She grew up in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl during the Great Depression and left her family’s tenant farm after high school. She moved to Oklahoma City where she worked as a genuine Rosie the Riveter in a local defense plant. There, she met her future husband, Robert, a soldier. When the war ended, her husband and her moved to western Wisconsin where she modeled professionally, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, then taught high school English for twenty-one years. At her retirement, she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she still lives today with her equally ancient husband. The Dirty Days is her debut novel at the age of 86.
Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author
1) I was terrified of deep water, but took swimming lessons at age 58. Then I started swimming laps 5 days a week at a local YMCA until the chlorine became bothersome to my respiratory system at age 75.
2) My husband and I belong to a ballroom dance group.
3) I currently walk a mile 3 to 4 times a week at a local community center
4) ) I enjoy a cup of tea and a face-to-face with my friends once a week and I treasure friendships with men and women of all ages.
5) Taught English As a Second Language to Vietnam immigrant elders
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