The author's memoir, presented in the form of fiction. Dawn Powell ran away at 13 years old, after years of mistreatment at the hands of her stepmother. Powell tells a good story, as horrible as it turns out to be. Although she is a respected writer, most of her acclaim came posthumously, and the thirteen year old runaway never quite got her due.
An interesting piece of literary history.
This autobiographical novel, long out of print until reissued, is unlike most of Powell's books, which are sophisticated and urban. From the viewpoint of a young child in rural early 20th c. OH, Marcia Willard endures moves, poverty, cruelty, and just enough love from the right people to sustain her as she grows up. The voice of the young child is sustained throughout, full of longing for that childhood home she remembers so vividly. A winner.
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