Local author Gina Kutchins reads from her novel of the Great Depression, Jessie.
About Jessie: A Novel
In 1919, Jessie Glenn is evicted from her farm in southern Missouri after her husband dies in the Spanish flu epidemic. To support her three young daughters, Jessie takes a job at a shoe factory where she commits a crime in an act of self defense. Fearing imprisonment, she places her children in an orphanage and goes on the run. Facing crushing poverty, Jessie sets out to reunite her family during the cruel aftermath of World War I and the Great Depression. Richly detailed and written with deep sensitivity, Jessie spans time and distance in portraying the universal quest of mothers to protect those dearest to them against all odds.
“If you think life is difficult now, try it after the bank takes your farm, influenza takes your husband, the orphanage your young daughters, and the high roller your heart—more than once. Jessie is so deftly written you’ll stroll with bootleggers and elegant ladies in the 1920s, through the 30s with its Depression, and Harry Bridge’s general strike. Then, try hardscrabble living on a Northern California ranch. Love informs her story and Jessie’s reward is at once heartrending and heartwarming.” —Clive Matson, author Let The Crazy Child Write! and Chalcedony’s Songs