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The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
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bookshelves: history, food, politics-economics, cambridge-book-club
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** spoiler alert ** While I understand the author is trying to reveal the inner human dimensions of one of the most difficult periods of American history (i.e. Dust Bowl / Great Depression, early 30s), many of the characters' lives seem to blend together into a morass of windswept turbulent fuzz, just like the dust storms described so vividly in the book.

The stories that stick out are the ones that involve animals (6000 rabbits slaughtered on a Sunday afternoon) and children (bereavement). Egan is also highly cognizant of the environmental impact of the Homestead wheat farming systems and conveys how ecologically disastrous these man-made activities were in all its stark rawness.

Nonetheless, Egan has a knack of making history interesting, and for this he should be applauded.

Perfect to be read in conjunction with Michelle Hoover's new novel The Quickening.
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