Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review

At Season’s End
 by Eric Hendershot

The migrant worker is one of the more obscure novelties in the US. These men and women, families really, would travel across America with the seasons hoping to find work as fruit pickers. They called their car home, slept where they could and raised their children to live on faith and wits.

At Season’s End is the story of a migrant family’s survival despite the hardships of their preferred lifestyle. The family of four share a bond that can only be formed when you rely on those closest to you for survival and can’t take their abilities nor their love for granted.

When Sal falls in love with a cute boy working the cherry orchard they promise to come back the next year and wed after the harvest. Only, tragedy strikes and Sal might not make it back in time. Her love for him survived the time apart, but her heart may not survive if she misses their rendezvous.

I really enjoyed the book because the struggle is real, the family is not ideal but true, and the characters have layers. For example, the father, though he would give the shirt off his back for one in need, feels no remorse for scamming a man out of a few bucks in order to feed his family.   

Note: I was not paid for this review though I did receive a free copy of the book.

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