The Book of Esther by Angela G. Kruse

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"Through diaries and letters, Esther Kruse, a woman who settles into life on a small farm on the South Dakota prairie, provides insight into what it means to be a wife, mother, homemaker, and one-room school teacher during much of the 20th century on the isolated prairie of central South Dakota.  Her life is explored in the narration of her granddaughter, who studies the diaries after their discovery in her grandmother’s attic.  As the author pieces together her grandmother’s life from the previously unknown diaries, a story evolves, illustrating the value of family and small town community, through great events and small, and is an example of the human struggle to bring some small bit of civilization to a vast and wild landscape. 
The Book of Esther follows nearly 50 years in the life of Esther Kruse.  It begins with her first diary written in her late 20s, as a single woman finding life on her own as a one-room school teacher in the Great Depression, and continues as she marries the captain of the local baseball team, raises two children, struggles with all the daily tasks of a farm, the wild South Dakota weather, illness, and finally, cancer.  Through it all, she shines as an example of Midwestern strength and faith and the character that has shaped the heartland of America.

About Angela G. Kruse

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Angela Kruse was born in Huron, S.D., and grew up in Mitchell and Hot Springs, S.D.  She graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings with a bachelor’s degree in English.  While in college she contributed stories and articles to both The Collegian and the Jackrabbit, the school’s newspaper and yearbook, respectively.  After graduation, she was hired by an architectural/engineering firm in Omaha as a marketing coordinator, and eventually moved to Denver, CO., where she took a similar job with an environmental engineering firm.  She currently lives in Rapid City, S.D., where she works as a marketing and communications writer for CH2M HILL, a global engineering company headquartered in Denver. The Book of Esther is Ms. Kruse’s first book.  She is currently working on a second book, the fictionalization of a true story of survival during the winter of 1950-1951 on the South Dakota prairie.
Published May 11, 2006 by AuthorHouse. 231 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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