Sarah's Girls: A Chronicle of Big Ugly Creek

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Ohio University Press, 2007 - Fiction - 157 pages
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Situated in a remote outpost in West Virginia at the turn of the last century, the story that Lenore McComas Coberly tells in Sarah’s Girls is one of place, people, and unquenchable spirit. In this fictionalized account of her recent ancestors, Coberly masterfully traces the journeys of their lives, their dreams, and their hardships over the course of the twentieth century. At its center is the story of Lena, who returns to care for her dead sister’s daughters, giving up the promise of a life that can spare her the adversity rural living guarantees. The author goes back to Big Ugly Creek, the place where her grandparents met—and the place whose memory she cannot leave. Using the stories she was told in her childhood as a bridge to the past, Coberly uncovers facts about her family history from documents that have made their way from one generation to another and the truth from the inherent understanding she has of these people who are so close to her. But Sarah’s Girls is not about the author; it is about the people and a place she loves. It is fiction written to tell the deeper truth about the hold West Virginia—its mountains and its valleys—has on its people.

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People in This Story
1 Philip Crosses Green Shoal
2 Timbering
3 Change Comes to Ugly
4 Lena Alone
5 Mountain Miracles
Clints Song
15 The Fever
16 Grandma Hager
Pearls Journal
17 To Write a Story
Pearls JournalSpring
18 The Family across the Road
19 The Hard Year
20 Brooks Story

6 Lenas Adventure
7 Lena and Dollie
8 Growing Up
9 Remembering Sarah
10 Dollie Comes Over Green Shoal
11 Christmas on Ugly
12 Decoration Day
13 Time to Go
14 The Hamlin House
Christmas 1912
21 Edna Goes to High School
Pearls Journal
22 Drilling for a Better Life
Pearls Journal Logan April 1929
23 The House at The Sulphur
24 Bob Stays in Hamlin
25 Madges House

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Lenore McComas Coberly grew up in Lincoln County, West Virginia. She is the author of The Handywoman Stories and the senior author of Writers Have No Age. Her poetry,

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