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The Folks
by Ruth Suckow
foreword by Clarence A. Andrews
University of Iowa Press, 1992
eISBN: 978-1-58729-233-0 | Paper: 978-0-87745-374-1
Library of Congress Classification PS3537.U34F6 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52

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Here is an introspective, poignant portrait of an American family during a time of sweeping changes. Now nearly sixty years after it first appeared, Suckow's finest work still displays a thorough realism in its characters' actions and aspirations; the uneasy compromises they are forced to make still ring true.


Suckow's talent for retrospective analysis comes to life as she examines her own people—Iowans, descendants of early settlers—through the lives of the Ferguson family, living in the fictional small town of Belmond, Iowa. Using her gift of creating three-dimensional, living characters, Suckow focuses on personal differences within the family and each member's separate struggle to make sense of past and present, to confront a pervasive sense of loss as a way of life disappears.



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