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In this series of linked stories the child narrator, Veve, cannot fathom all the mysteries of her family’s life together, but by watching and listening she pieces together a painful past. Played out against the backdrop of rural hardship and deprivation on the family’s Kansas farm, the secret in her father’s previous life eventually explains his harsh treatment of the thre ...more
Paperback, 99 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Bison Books
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Black Cherries By Grace Stone Coates A Story told through the eyes of a child;Veve. As a child she saw manythings happen in her family. She had so many "why's", never getting an answer. She saw some abuse,but it didn't touch her. She was her fathers favorite daughter, listening to his stories and poems. She learned a lesson in sharing and all fairy tales are not true. The author had such a gift for writing.
This 1931 collection of linked stories—including "Wild Plums," long one of my favorite stories, which I encountered in the Best American Stories of the Century—seems a precursor of some of Alice Munro's work. There's the same observant narration by a young female protagonist who's more imaginative than most of those around her. In this case, the young Veve is drawn to her father, who is intelligent, arrogant, and at times cruel but also enamored of his youngest daughter, whom he sees as a kindre ...more