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Reread Jacob's Ladder after several years...actually I go looking for it each time after I watch Cross Creek, in which we are told Jacob's Ladder was the first of her stories Max Perkins published, because it was like the people she wrote about in her letters to him. Rawlings worked up an engaging tale of hardscrabble life in the Florida woods from only a brief acquaintance with tenants working in her orange grove for a season, which story she ended abruptly (did I miss that last page?), and in ...more
I enjoyed reading Jacob's Ladder. The book depicts the hardship, and deprivation that Florry and Mart endured in their young lives and travels yet it also reveals their resilience in the face of adversity--the constant will to survive. Their lives come full circle when they return to the piney woods in the same hurricane conditions as when they left.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings. Her best known work, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was later made into a movie of the same title, The Yearling. The book was written long before the concept of young-adult fiction, but is now commonly inclu ...moreMore about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings...