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From the site: Iris finds love and acceptance in unexpected places in the summer of 1926 after her father sends her away to work for a doctor and his mother in rural Missouri. (See the full list)
Atchison, Kansas – November 1916
I’m under Mama’s coffin.
My little house in the center of the parlor has silky black curtain walls and a hard ceiling that I can touch with the top of my head if I sit cross-legged and stretch my neck. They moved all the furniture against the walls except a little round stool right by the coffin box, so even short people can see Mama this afternoon.
…thus begins Iris Baldwin’s ten year hobo’s journey across the tracks.