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I look forward to books by Rick Bragg and this one, like his others, is well written. While all of his books describe the difficulties of life in the rural south, this one is more somber than his other books. There was a tone of bitterness in parts of the book. I recommend it but not as much as Ava's Man.
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If you could sum up The Most They Ever Had in three words, what would they be?
Poignant, Tender, Compassionate
Who was your favorite character and why?
The female characters were my favorites because my mom and all her sisters worked in Springs Cotton Mills in Lancaster, SC. South Carolina mills went the way of the Alabama mills and were closed. A few of my uncles also worked in the mills, and even though they never talked about it, I am sure they experienced some of the same injuries as the Alabama mill workers.
Which scene was your favorite?
Description of Flora, the 1960s cotton picker, who picked cotton on her days' off from the cotton mill to earn a few extra dollars so she could buy a few luxuries for her home and children. Buying one or two yards of fabric to cover a couch or make a dress was a big event for my aunts and their children.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
When Rick read the hymns that were sung in the churches, I was transported back to Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Heath Springs where my mom's family attended Sunday school and the church service every Sunday morning. When I was a young girl, I went to Vacation Bible School at Beaver Creek and can still hear my Aunt Sara playing the piano for us as we were singing "Jesus Loves Me."
Any additional comments?
Having Rick Bragg read his own words from his book is a wonderful addition to the written word. There is something very special about his voice and the timing of phrases that makes the chapters come to life even more.
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