The Secrets of the Wisteria Vine by Tommaline H. Jones

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Sonnie Harper is a young girl growing up in rural south Georgia in the 1920s and 1930s. Her family had been dysfunctional for generations. Turmoil was significant in the generation before her. This was a time of great poverty for the farmers of this area due to the Depression and the biggest drought in history. As a toddler, Sonnie begins to hide under the wisteria vine from her mother. Later she invites her imaginary friend and then her black friend to share wisteria vine and her family secrets with them. As she becomes older and understands who God is, she prays and talks to God about her family secrets. Sometimes she goes to the wisteria just to sit and hide from what’s going on in the house. Some of the customs of that time are preserved in the book. There are stories of love, hate, loyalty, friendship, brutality, strength, racism, and religious beliefs. All of this is sprinkled with a little humor.

About Tommaline H. Jones

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I was born and raised on a working farm in rural south Georgia in the 1950s. My father grew cotton, tobacco, peanuts, corn, soybeans, cows, hogs, and cane. I leaned to pick cotton, milk cows, and sucker tobacco at the ripe age of five. My siblings and I were raised like the generations before us. My dresses were made out of flour sacks and we had no indoor plumbing or running water. I have three successful children-Pattie, James, and Michael-and ten grandchildren, as well as five stepchildren and eleven stepgrandchildren. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a master's degree in counseling and worked as a mental health therapist for seventeen years. In 1995, I moved to Alaska. There I met my husband, Robert. We lived in Wisconsin for eight years and, a year ago, moved back to Douglas, Georgia, close to the Stokesville area. I like to oil paint and design and make art quilts. I am a member of the Carver Baptist Church and the Girls' Club.
Published August 19, 2010 by Xlibris. 243 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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