The Ditchdigger's Daughters

  • by Yvonne S. Thornton, Jo Coudert
  • Narrated by Fran L. Washington
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Donald Thornton was a ditchdigger who wanted more for his six daughters. "I love you better than I love life," he assured his children. "But I'm not always gonna be around to look after you, and no man's gonna come along and offer to take care of you, because you ain't light-skinned. That's why you gotta be able to look after yourselves. And for that you gotta be smart."Donald decided to do the grandest thing he could think of: force them to make a success of their lives. Along with their mother, Tass, he cajoled and inspired the girls to succeed while working two full-time jobs to keep them properly fed and clothed. All six became successful, independent, accomplished women: two of his six daughters became doctors, one became a dentist, one a lawyer, one a nurse, and one a court stenographer.The Ditchdigger's Daughters is the inspirational story of a family with a strong role model who set family values above all else. Donald's persuasive common sense, folk wisdom, and right-on insights gave them the skills they would need to overcome obstacles in their paths to success.


What the Critics Say

"[A] tribute to an extraordinary father who transcended racial prejudice to raise appreciative daughters to be independent women." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fran Washington warms the heart with colorful storytelling. Her character transitions are flawless....Her portrayal of Donald, the devoted father, is especially vivid, charming the listener with his old-fashioned adages and insights. (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

straight forward

why this black father raised his daughters the way he did in the 1950s and on. I googled the Thornton sister after I read this book and listened to their music. It was very good. This black father reminds me alot of the book Tiger Mom. You will not be disappointed. I had a little problem getting use to the narrator's style, but after a bit her narration became easier to listen to.
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- shirley K. Bigham

Wonderful story of achievement

Not the best reader, but the story of the Thornton family was very inspiring.
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- Margaret

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio