Published by Serving House BooksDate Published: 31 March, 2019
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When a contemporary writer turns her imagination loose inside the images of an iconicartist of the past, the result is storytelling magic at its best. Here are nine tales that bring to vivid life the early decades of the 20th century as witnessed by one of America's most well-known painters. Thomas Hart Benton sketched fiddlers and farm wives, preachers and soldiers, folks gathering in dance halls and tent meetings. Though his lithographs depict the past, the real-life people he portrayed face issues that are front and center today: corruption, women's rights, racial inequality.
In these stories we enter the imagined lives of Midwesterners in the late 1930s and early 1940s. A mysterious woman dancing to fiddle music makes one small gesture of kindness that helps heal the rift of racial tensions in her small town. A man leaves his childhood home after a tragic accident and becomes involved with the big-time gamblers who have made Hot Springs, Arkansas, their summer playground. After watching her mother being sent to an insane asylum simply for grieving over a miscarriage, a girl determines to never let any man have any say over her body.
Then as now, Americans have struggled with poverty, illness, and betrayal. Thesefictions reveal our fellow countrymen and women living with grace and strong leanings toward virtue, despite the troubles that face them.
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Who is Thomas Hart Benton? Someone I’ve never heard of for sure. But, I knew who he was when I was finished with this cleverly written book! He was an artist that took everyday people he saw in history and created images for them. Donna Baeir Stein is an author who took some of his Lithographs, and created her stories for them.
Each of the stories is created beautifully. The image of each story is portrayed in detail within the story that Baier Stein created, and as I sat reading each one, I was transported to a different time and place. That’s skill, if you ask me! I loved reading each one and watching the images dance in my head. Her story telling ability is on point with this book.
Donna Baier Stein is truly talented. The way she created this book was refreshing. I definitely am getting copies of this book to share with friends and family! It’s an interesting read and definitely captivating. If you want a 5 star read from an author who truly and beautifully uses a masterful skill to create imaginative stories around them, then look no further! I will definitely be checking out more of Baier Stein’s work in the furture!