Synopsis of Sticks, Stones & Songs
The author’s father, Arthur Corey, comes from respectable stock, God-honoring, community-centered and self-made. When he goes off the deep end of religion to become an itinerate preacher, his relatives don’t understand. Nor does Margaret his wife, nor does her extended family—at least for a time.
The story is told in three parts: Chronicle One begins in 1937 with Arthur’s purchase of a grange hall–a derelict, drafty, long-deserted building–destined to become the Grange House into which babies, including the author, are born…one after another, after another. The children grow up within the shadow of a father’s strong character and unpredictable style, and under the tutelage of their faithful mother, all the while living without electricity next to an outhouse where catalogs are used instead of toilet paper. This clan becomes skilled in facing challenges with grit, in adapting throw-aways into tools, and in building experiences into strengths.
Chronicle Two is the author’s first-person story beginning with her earliest memory. The memory of taking apart the Grange House, while living in it, and carrying it down the highway piece by piece to build a barn-like temporary shack that becomes the Farmhouse. During the next twelve years, the family grows by two more babies, some in-laws, and multiple foster children. All the while working toward the day that: We finally have a real house.
Chronicle Three brings the entire clan together for the first time in 27 years at a family reunion—a time of re-acquaintance, restoration, and renewal.
I am excited to read your book Eleanor. What I have read is very interesting. I went on Kindle to see if they have it. They do but not the Feb 15 edition. Will look for it else where. Thank you for writing the book. Sharon Muller
I just finished reading your book and then ordered a copy on Amazon and sent it to my sister. A very inspiring and interesting story. The autographed copy was in our church library. Librarian does not know who donated it but sure glad they did. Thank you so much.
Thank you Kathy, for your kind comments. Please let me know what church you attend. I would be grateful for your affirmation as a reviewer on Amazon. This would also be an encouragement to me and to other readers. I look forward to hearing from you again. You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org