Hardcover Book, The Years of the Locust, Literature, Fiction, Novel, 1947
A hardcover fictional novel by Loula Grace Erdman. It is entitled The Years of the Locust. The book's hardcover is blue cloth with Prize Novel embossed on the front cover board and title on the spine.
Dade Kenzie is the most prosperous farmer in his part of the country. He has a big home, is good-hearted, and loves people. His home is always open to friends and relatives. The food is delicious and plentiful. Dade, who is eighty, dies. Allison and her grandfather Dade are very close, she is so much like Grandpa, much more than Dade's sons. Allison is her own person. She decides on a career she loves and is good at. She leaves Missouri, no farm life for her, moves to New York City, then California. She is so different from the young women of her time and place. Miss Laura Meeks, Dade is her one and only love. Laura is a born old maid, critical of everyone, but a character, gossipy and funny. She had been a very pretty young woman. Two young people, Virgie and Jim Meador from the run down Bottoms are good kids who want and need to get away from the hard life they live. Dade and his wife took on an orphaned, distant cousin, Elaine. She is a frail young woman who daydreams through life and is in love with Barry, her cousin, who lives his life in books. The two are so much alike. But everyone must grow up. Charley Vane has been a gravedigger since he was seventeen and knows more about the people of the county than anyone else, including doctors and relatives. He's the one who buries them all. He's not afraid of death and dying, realizing this is everyone's fate. Now that Dade is gone, they realize the only one they can depend on is themselves. There are so many folks Dade has helped and influenced.
8¼ x 5¾ inches
Published by Dodd, Mead & Co.
This book is in Very Good condition. The book has no rips or tears. The binding is completely tight and the pages are slightly yellowed with age. There is no staining in the book but there is a previous owner's signature on the front flyleaf. It won an award ($10,000) for literature from the publishers which is why it has Prize Novel embossed on the front cover.
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