The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 242 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Coming of Age
Publisher: Penning Press; Release date: 4/1/2021
Content Rating: PG + M. My book is rated PG+M for a brief attempted rape scene. The main character, male, is laying down in a field on a ranch, with his eyes closed. A male worker comes up to him and turns him over but before anything more can happen someone saves him. One other scene where Tucker is accosted by someone with a knife briefly...but is then saved by Robert. The man with the knife yells out “ bastards" to them. Does have profanity a couple of other times
Desperate times. Danger on the rails. A journey to save a family.
It is 1933 inside a sweltering courtroom in Macon, Georgia. Fifteen-year-old Robert sits on a bench awaiting sentencing after being picked up for vagrancy and spending a night in jail. He left his home in Illinois with a neighborhood friend to ride the rails and find work to help their families. The friend turned back, too afraid to face the perils ahead. But going back empty-handed isn’t an option for Robert.
THE ONLY WAY HOME is the story of one boy’s determination to survive loss and hardship to help his family — and how fate and a violin touch the course of his life.
Fans of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Sold On a Monday by Kristina Morris will love this story set during the Great Depression of a fatherless boy fighting to keep his family together..
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
The Only Way Home is a very good novel centering on a time of history during the Great Depression. It was a very sad and difficult time for most families. It is depressing how many children were given to institutions and asked by parents to leave home because there wasn't enough food or lodging.
In this novel, I learned new things, such as he large amount of youth who lost their lives hopping on trains. It also reiterates things I did know about the violence and lack of comradely for fear of having to assist anyone other than self.
This book, also, centers on parents worry and devastation about having a son/daughter take it upon themselves to leave for adventure or in hope of finding work to aid their families. Additionally, information is given concerning the efforts the government begin making to assist windows and youth.
Although it is fiction, many factual information is given. It is entwined in the dangerous, daunting experiences of three young men who took it upon themselves to aid their families, to little avail. The story is never void of adventure and disheartening situations.
This is of special interest to me, because my father was one of those youth hopping trains, starving, experiencing othe deprivations and grabbing any type of, often ruthless, work he could find. I always was enthralled listening to his unpleasant experiences. He did do many things he never woukd have done if he were not desperate. He saw many things which haunted him throughout his life.
The characters were very well-developed and felt totally real. The various situations were described in a way that is easily visualized. The flow smoothly flowed between chapters while often reverting form youth to families left behind.
I highly recommend this book to youth as well as adults.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
* This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Reflections on Writing Historical Fiction
It is searching for facts, uncovering historical settings, and scanning images of a past era that provides an opportunity to experience, visit and explore the period. And it drives my enjoyment of writing historical fiction. The challenge of absorbing the information so that settings and scenes unfold, characters come to life, action and adventure scenes appear on the page are all an exciting part of writing.
What I first enjoyed most about my journalism experience was writing a feature or magazine article. It was then that I started to appreciate the process of uncovering background information and facts about a topic, then use what I found to create the focus of an article and bring the story to life. It was a natural transition for me to transfer my enjoyment of those processes to write historical fiction.
Although I began with a story to tell in writing The Only Way Home, the novel grew out of researching information about the early 1930s, the Great Depression, and riding the rails in non-fiction books, videos, academic papers, historical photos, and newspaper headlines. One aspect of the research and writing process I found challenging and painful is leaving out jewels of information about a fascinating time because it didn’t fit the storyline.
However, the research for a historical fiction novel goes on throughout each paragraph and chapter written by checking the accuracy of the description of clothing, machinery, transportation modes, prices, speech phrases, and everything mentioned about the era. I remember in my first journalism class, the professor walked in and announced, “From here on out, you will receive an automatic F for any factual error on a story or paper.” That got my attention! But it has served me well.
Authors of all genres delve deeply into the places, settings, and even worlds they write about to create vivid descriptions. I appreciate and sense their explorative work as I read along, frequently getting lost in or swept away by their stories.
Meet the Author:
As a member of the American Association of University Women, she coordinates the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions discussion group and participates in several AAUW interest groups.
Jeanette and her husband enjoy all that Colorado renders in outdoor activities including hiking and biking.
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