To Know or be Known Intimately
Fifteen-year-old Cindy worked long days beside her migrant worker family in Michigan’s sugar beet fields in the early 1940s — the “war years” — until she met a dashing young man from a traveling carnival, bringing some joy and fun into her hard-scrabble life. But a tragic twist of fate — and a dead field boss– sent the two young people on the run, leaving behind family and everything she’d ever known.
Lucy Tucker, the crotchety old bag lady from the popular Yada Yada House of Hope series, is a veteran of Chicago streets and not about to give up her independence, even as she approaches her 80th birthday.
Until, that is, a young displaced woman with her gentle aging mother and a dog named Dandy seem to need her — unsettling the secretive Lucy, who doesn’t let anyone get too close. But just when it seems her past is catching up with her to bring her in out of the cold… Lucy disappears again. How these two tales intersect and intertwine between past and present gradually shines light into the dark corners of Lucy’s murky past. But… why won’t Lucy come home?
Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set.
As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books.
Visit http://www.daveneta.com for more info.
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Fifteen-year-old Cindy Tucker (later known as Lucy Tucker) and her migrant worker parents and six siblings had moved to Michigan in the early 1940s to work the sugar beet fields, as the dust bowl years had claimed their farm. It was a hard life with little pay, if any, if the field boss, Buster Doyle, had his way. But Buster took a liking to Cindy and had her help with his pregnant wife and the commissary.
While in Michigan, Cindy met James Bodeen (aka “Bo”), who worked at his father’s Bodeen’s Midway Rides Carnival. Life as a carny wasn’t any easier than a migrant worker. In searching for his dog, Jigger, one day, a chance encounter buds into an innocent romance between Bo and Lucy, which was carefully watched, yet encouraged by Cindy’s mother and father.
When things get out of hand, and a dead Buster Doyle is found, Cindy and Bo took off running. Both young people left family and everything behind, family that meant everything to Cindy. Their lives on the run took them to Canada and eventually back down to Chicago. What held Cindy and Bo together through their coming years was Jigger, Bo’s dog.
The story of Lucy Tucker, the crotchety old bag lady with the purple knit hat, is the intense storyline of Dave and Neta Jackson’s book, Lucy Come Home. It’s a story of heartache, loneliness, sweet love, hard work, loss, homelessness, and a highly guarded anonymity–a name will disclose her history!
Though the book starts out in normal chronological order, the Jackson’s present the full storyline by engaging Lucy’s times of reminiscing. It’s how we learn what happened to Lucy and Bo and how she ended up as a homeless bag lady, fearful of anyone finding out who she was. This method kept me hooked to the very end.
The Jackson’s draw you deep into the lives of each realistic character with very intricate, memorable details interspersed throughout the book. You become enmeshed with each character’s heartaches, joys, and idiosyncrasies. The life of the homeless is enumerated in all of its simple joys, harshness, danger, and loneliness. Yet the caring love of others is interwoven into their eccentric behaviors, particularly Lucy’s. It was their acceptance, faith, and respect kept her hanging around the homeless shelter most of the time.
Dave and Neta created a riveting book detailing life during the early and post WWII years, where the lack of communication with family is hard on Lucy. Telephones weren’t even in everyone’s home early on. That’s hard to comprehend since we live in a world of gadgets that keep us up-to-date with people minute by minute. However, cell phone use was in place towards the end of the book, by the time Lucy turned 80.
The haunting question for me is why Lucy decided on a life of homelessness and despondency. Her lack of hope is astounding, particularly when she was raised in the faith.
In fact, this book is part of A Yada Yada Journey of Hope series. “Yada” in Hebrew means “to know and be known intimately.” Thus are the ironies of Lucy’s anonymity and the sobering life of homelessness that she chose to live. What kept her from going home? Pride? Shame? This book touched me deeply, knowing that ‘there but for the grace of God, go I.’
This book was provided free by Amy Lathrop and Christen Krumm of Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.