The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
From the back cover: “TPWoD,O introduced Evelyn Ryan an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the “contest era’ of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovations, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday occurrence.”
Evelyn Ryan was the author’s mother. She had ten kids. As I read the book I was agog about the 10 kids, but it was only as I typed it that I recalled my mother is from a family of nine.
It’s a good book. I love memoir and I enjoy reading about mothers, but if it wasn’t a true story (very well documented) I wouldn’t believe it. Recommended.