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Unflinching story of a pioneer family in a desolate part of Texas west of the Pecos, particularly the story of Skitchy, bold passionate daughter of the family's second generation. Hers is a story of life and love, identity and survival, during the desperate years when the Great Depression, severe drought and relentless dust storms wracked the land. At the same time it is t ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Booklocker.com
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Glen Aaron
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
When an author brings you to the feeling of a character in her book without telling you how the character feels; when an author makes you either love or hate the protagonist without telling you to do so; when nature descriptions live by their own vitality, you know that you are reading a novel written by a gifted writer.

The Middle of Nowhere by Paula Duncan McDonald, born and raised in Wink, Texas, begins west of the Pecos when Apaches had been cleared of the area and free land was being offered
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Laura Bow
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I definitely recommend this book! I mostly read non-fiction so my expectations weren't really high going in, but after finishing the first couple of chapters I was so connected that I couldn't put it down and finished it in basically one day.

Some things about the writing bothered me: some of the descriptions I thought were overused and a little cliche, for example: it seemed like almost every single time there was a tense moment in the conversation, the author would say something like "she saw
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Natalie Rotunda
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I’d like to share this reading tip: As you ease your way into THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, do not rush. Savor, instead. Savor the story of Skitchy, her parents, Kate and Ephraim, her short-lived brother Buddy, her sisters, Minnie and Belle, and Belle’s husband, Jackson; and Pink, the man Skitchy couldn’t live without, whom she married and would later divorce. Savor the feel that you, too, live in McAllister, Texas, that you know these people, and the others who drift in and stay, drift in and leave th
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Kathy Dickinson
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Totally different from my usual books,but was very good.Wish sense of family sticking together through hard times today was more like this family from your book. Very touching.Thanks for allowing me this chance to read about life back then.
James
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good story
Recommended to James by: goodreads-giveaway
A very touching story. Beautifully written. I was completely engrossed by the family in this book. Such strength. Won via Goodreads Giveaway.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It moved and I truly enjoyed the characters and of course there is the Texas connection.
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Paula Duncan McDonald was born in Wink, Texas, a few miles from Reeves County where her historical novel, The Middle of Nowhere, is set. She draws from personal knowledge as well as solid historical research to take readers into "the middle of nowhere." A psychologist as well as a writer, she lives in California.