Friday, August 3, 2012

Staff Pick: Ava's Man

Ava's Man
by Rick Bragg
(Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin')

The author's mother's father, Charlie Bundrum, was the husband of Ava, Bragg's grandmother.  The unfolding of Charlie's life with Ava and their children gives an informative view of life in Georgia/Alabama during the Great Depression.  Though he could not read, Charlie had many skills and a work ethic which provided for his family; but his talent of making moonshine and his tendency to drink in excess did cause hardships for all.  Those hardships did not lessen the love and admiration of him by his family and others.  When anyone had a problem, Charlie could "stop the storm" and ease the pain.  His care of his fellow-man is evident by his "shadow".  The author's family is fortunate to have such a thorough family history which includes this man of great character from the Appalachian foothills.

Reviewed by Mary.

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