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Paulette Jiles

From Paulette Jiles comes a poignant and unforgettable story of hardship, sacrifice, and strength in a tragic time-and a desperate dream born of an undying faith in the arrival of a better day. Oil is king of East Texas during the darkest years of the Great Depression. The Stoddard girls know no life but an itinerant one, trailing their father from town to town as he searches for work on the pipelines and derricks. And in every small town, mother Elizabeth does her level best to make each sparse, temporary house they inhabit a home. But the fall of 1937 ushers in a year of devastating drought and dust storms, and the family's fortunes sink further when a questionable "accident" leaves Elizabeth and her girls alone to confront the cruelest hardships of these hardest of times. With no choice left to them, they return to the abandoned family farm. It is Jeanine Stoddard who devotes herself to rebuilding the farm and their lives. But hard work and good intentions won't make ends meet. In desperation, the Stoddard women place their last hopes for salvation in a wildcat oil well and on the back of late patriarch Jack's one true legacy, a dangerous racehorse named Smoky Joe. And Jeanine must decide if she will gamble it all . . . on love.

From Paulette Jiles comes a poignant and unforgettable story of hardship, sacrifice, and strength in a tragic time-and a desperate dream born of an undying faith in the arrival of a better day. Oil is king of East Texas during the darkest years of the Great Depression. The Stoddard girls know no life but an itinerant one, trailing their father from town to town as he searches for work on the pipelines and derricks. And in every small town, mother Elizabeth does her level best to make each sparse, temporary house they inhabit a home. But the fall of 1937 ushers in a year of devastating drought and dust storms, and the family's fortunes sink further when a questionable "accident" leaves Elizabeth and her girls alone to confront the cruelest hardships of these hardest of times. With no choice left to them, they return to the abandoned family farm. It is Jeanine Stoddard who devotes herself to rebuilding the farm and their lives. But hard work and good intentions won't make ends meet. In desperation, the Stoddard women place their last hopes for salvation in a wildcat oil well and on the back of late patriarch Jack's one true legacy, a dangerous racehorse named Smoky Joe. And Jeanine must decide if she will gamble it all . . . on love.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From Paulette Jiles comes a poignant and unforgettable story of hardship, sacrifice, and strength in a tragic time-and a desperate dream born of an undying faith in the arrival of a better day. Oil is king of East Texas during the darkest years of the Great Depression. The Stoddard girls know no life but an itinerant one, trailing their father from town to town as he searches for work on the pipelines and derricks. And in every small town, mother Elizabeth does her level best to make each sparse, temporary house they inhabit a home. But the fall of 1937 ushers in a year of devastating drought and dust storms, and the family's fortunes sink further when a questionable "accident" leaves Elizabeth and her girls alone to confront the cruelest hardships of these hardest of times. With no choice left to them, they return to the abandoned family farm. It is Jeanine Stoddard who devotes herself to rebuilding the farm and their lives. But hard work and good intentions won't make ends meet. In desperation, the Stoddard women place their last hopes for salvation in a wildcat oil well and on the back of late patriarch Jack's one true legacy, a dangerous racehorse named Smoky Joe. And Jeanine must decide if she will gamble it all . . . on love.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Colleen Delany

Length:

11h 58m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

24:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:29