Four Women, One Century - A Family Memoir - $24.00
by Lisa Brandom
Told in a series of seventeen vignettes, the stories in this non-fiction piece center on the lives of four women in the twentieth century.
The interwoven story begins with Ethel in 1909 in the rural hill country of Carroll County, Mississippi. Ethel struggles to survive the sexual abuse of her stepfather and seeks to find a person with whom to build a solid life. When she thinks she has succeeded, World War I begins, along with the worldwide influenza epidemic of the Spanish flu. She finds herself and her child, a daughter named Frances, the only survivors in the family of this epidemic.
As Frances marries at age nineteen, she finds her choice, motivated by her heart and not her head, unsettling. She chooses a man who is a compulsive gambler, an alcoholic, and a womanizer. Frances struggles with her two daughters, Lisa and Judy, to provide for her children.
Later, Lisa’s daughter, Kimberly, makes surprising choices for herself as the century comes to an end.
What other authors have said about Four Women, One Century:
“The cinematic quality is excellent, from my view, and there’s plenty of just plain fine writing.” Barry Hannah, Pulitzer Prize Nominee for High Lonesome and recipient of the William Faulkner Prize for Geronimo Rex.
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