All Roads Got Forks

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Author House, Oct 11, 2012 - Fiction - 118 pages
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“Grandmother says we’re moving,” Cephas told his friend, Pudge. “Can’t be helped.” That didn’t mean the two boys had to like it. They had rambled the Sepulga River Swamp their entire lives. “You boys got to remember,” the old woman told them. “All roads got forks.” The hope that roads sometimes come together leads Pudge to record his memories. What had those boys cared that the nation was in the Great Depression and on a path that would lead to the calamity of a world war? Seventy-five years pass before Pudge travels back, looking for that crossroad, unsure of what he will find. The dirt roads are now unfamiliar, houses and farms are abandoned, and an old man sits on a porch. “Hello. I’m looking for a fella who used to live in these parts.” Yes, he would be there.
 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
7
Chapter Three
11
Chapter Four
14
Chapter Five
18
Chapter Six
22
Chapter Seven
26
Chapter Eight
33
Chapter Fourteen
59
Chapter Fifteen
63
Chapter Sixteen
68
Chapter Seventeen
74
Chapter Eighteen
78
Chapter Nineteen
84
Chapter Twenty
88
Chapter Twentyone
92

Chapter Nine
37
Chapter Ten
40
Chapter Eleven
45
Chapter Twelve
49
Chapter Thirteen
54
Chapter Twentytwo
97
Chapter Twentythree
101
Chapter Twentyfour
107
Acknowledgements
109
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Marcus Cumbie was reared on a farm near the banks of the Sepulga River in Conecuh County, Alabama, during the Great Depression. His life’s journey led him away from the swamp, but he held its beauty and the innocence of his childhood within his heart and memory. He tells the tales of his growing up years to his wife of sixty-two years, his two daughters, and their children and grandchildren.

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