For fans of Steinbeck’s timeless classic, THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Daniel Tomelin, a battle-worn veteran with PTSD—haunted by the carnage of World War 1—deserts his wife and children in the Great Depression and becomes a hobo seeking work and relief from his nightmares.
This page-turning tale of courage is set in a tragic era in which hope was sometimes all they had and parallels today’s economic turmoil and unemployment.
It’s a wife and mother providing for her children under miserable, heartbreaking circumstances, while her husband tramps around the country playing a banjo, searching for answers to the puzzle of Daniel Tomelin, keeping his hillbilly sense of humor, his humanity, his love of God and nature intact, while deep inside feeling ashamed and unworthy of the family he loves with all his heart.
Like scores of other men who abandoned their families during the Depression, Daniel’s wounded pride for being unable to care for his wife and children prevents him from going home. . . .
And if her deserting husband has the guts to show his face again, his wife, LaDaisy—who finds the strength and means to provide for her fatherless children while fending off the advances of a man with the power to leave them homeless—may feel like killing him!
FACE THE WINTER NAKED provides an engrossing read in which Turner interweaves history, geography, and a compelling love story.
More than that, it is a story that looks beyond the surface, delving into the inner workings of the human mind, a powerful narrative that illuminates larger issues of humanity that are timeless and volatile and just as apropos today as decades ago:
– Political strife
– Economic collapse
– Environmental catastrophe
– Division of families
– Cruelty and oppression
– Poverty, inequity, and all the faces of prejudice.
But it is also about love
and hope, forgiveness, and perseverance.
Readers may feel they are traveling with this simple carpenter through the Ozark hills of Missouri as he wears out his cardboard “Hoover” insoles searching for his next meal, an odd job that pays only pennies, or shelter from the dust and sweltering heat that summer of 1932.
But they’ll be glad they’re not.
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Bonnie Turner – one of the few remaining members of the Greatest Generation – was born in Independence, Missouri, on Halloween at the height of the Great Depression.
Currently residing in Wisconsin, she is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. Her many interests include astronomy, geography, history, yoga, philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, and parapsychology. She’s a self-educated jack-of-all-trades, a Scorpio astrology sign, a Mensa *almost*, a classical music and jazz fusion aficionado.
She has owned two wonderful Siberian huskies – Sasha and Oniktok (Tokka) – and is currently *owned* by a feisty Tortoiseshell cat named Jazzbaby, who tells her when the mail has come and when it’s time to wash and put away the dishes. If ignored, she finds something to knock off a shelf or counter, and she has learned to ring a cow bell for attention. Jazzy generally makes a pest of herself by sitting in front of the monitor or playing with the author’s fingers while she’s trying to type. She loves to type her own messages in this special code: EEEEEEEEEEEEXKKKKK! This mischievous kitty is delightful to watch, and even though she’s quite spoiled, she is loved to pieces.
Turner’s favorite authors include: Mark Twain, James A. Michener, poets Robert Service and Edgar A. Guest. Some favorite books: Giants in the Earth (O.E. Rölvaag), Steamboat Gothic (Frances Parkinson Keyes), Chesapeake (Michener), the epic poem, The Odyssey of Homer, and Harvest Home (Thomas Tryon).
Turner learned to read in first grade from the famed “Dick and Jane” readers. Many years later, her first novel for children (The Haunted Igloo) was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991. After that book was released, she visited grade schools with a life-size handmade Inuit doll, encouraging students to keep reading and writing – and offering polar bear hugs along with her autograph.
Among her favorite fan letters are these gems:
“Mrs. Turner, I’ll give you a million dollars for this book!”
“Dear Mrs. Turner, Thank you for getting me out of sixth hour!!!”
“Dear Mrs. Turner, Thank you from all the lead in my pencil!”
What great kids, those middle-grade students!
In addition to writing, Turner is a professional copy editor, proofreader, and book formatter with more than fifty years experience.