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Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave through Drema's childhood in 1940s Appalachia after her father is killed in the coal mines, her mother goes off to work as a Rosie the Riveter, and she is left in the care of devout Pentecostal grandparents. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that feels like a novel with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and indisputable charm. Drema's coming of age is colored by tent revivals with Grandpa, poetry-writing hobos, and traveling carnivals, and through it all, she serves witness to a multi-generational family of saints and sinners whose lives defy the stereotypes. Just as she defies her own.
Running on Red Dog Road is proof that truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to life and faith in an Appalachian childhood.
©2016 Drema Hall Berkheimer (P)2017 Tantor
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By Leah on 11-27-17

Nostalgia.....

Loved this entire story with its old-school mannerisms. Familyisms, local lore.... the description of every occasion was so spot on that I could imagine I was right there. Pretty amazing.
I loved comparing, in my mind, the way life was back then, to the time I grew up, and now.
I'm not a re-listener however, I look forward to hearing this story again.

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