A Place Called Wiregrass by Michael Morris

By Michael Morris

Erma Lee is at the run . . . working from an abusive husband . . . operating from a mom who does not care -- by no means cared. operating from a soul-numbing manufacturing facility activity that has held her down her whole lifestyles ... Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to town of Wiregrass, Alabama, to flee the previous and begin over -- or so Erma Lee thinks. Erma Lee kinds an not going friendship with pass over Claudia, an aged socialite who's hiding a number of information about her personal prior. existence in Wiregrass is various for Erma Lee and Cher, for the following they locate mercy and promise -- till, that's, the day Cher's convict father arrives on the town, forcing all 3 girls to return to phrases with buried secrets and techniques.

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Afraid she’d get drunk-headed, I quickly grabbed her arm, and she pulled me into her bony chest. Cher leaned into her other side, and she roped her arms around us. Her silver cane pointed forward with all the authority of a compass. I tensed, not knowing why this woman I had met only a couple of weeks before was acting so suspicious. Maybe she had the beginnings of Alzheimer’s? Maybe she thought Cher needed the attention? Cher didn’t liked to be babied, I could’ve told her that. I felt Cher’s arm snake under my chest to hug Miss Claudia.

Old Man Maxwell thought he was something because he owned the mercantile with a bait and tackle shop on the side. I tried to convince Mama we could make it on our own. I was getting pretty good at shucking oysters, and Mama took in wash from some of the fishermen. But she said I was too young to be burdened with such. I never could get her to understand she wasn’t a A Place Called Wiregrass 31 piece of property. And with his store and his land, Old Man Maxwell had the highest price. “For a while me and my newfound daddy tolerated one another.

I just got one thing to say to you. ” I wondered if Bozo would get that quack who represented Suzette the first time she got arrested for dealing drugs. That man with long nose hair and a bright yellow tie that ended at the crest of his big belly. ” “Listen, I mean this thing. Me and your mama done talked it over, and she knows I’m—” In the background at my former home, a female voice mumbled something about eggs. The clanking of a spoon hitting the frying pan rankled in my ear. I could hear Bozo trying to conceal the evidence by muffling the phone receiver.

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