The Dirty Days: A Young Girl’S Journey to and from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl

Front Cover
iUniverse, Jun 30, 2012 - Fiction - 236 pages

It is 1933. As a beat-up truck travels down a road away from Arkansas, seven-year-old Molly May Dowden can only hope a better future awaits her parents in Thistleway, Oklahoma.They have no idea of what is about to come.

With their money safely tucked away in a mattress, the Dowdens feel hopeful as they pass through Oklahoma City. But their hopes for an improved life disintegrate a hundred miles further west when a dust storm swirls dangerously around their truck. Forced to take shelter inside a dingy cafe with a band of quirky strangers, the Dowdens soon realize that life in Oklahoma may not be as easy as they had hoped. After the family finally settles in their two-room workers shanty, one hardship piles up after another as they battle spider bites, rancid water, strange rashes, loneliness, and death. Left with no choice but to bravely persevere through the never-ending drought and dust, Molly and her family soon discover a fortitude they never knew they had.

In this historical tale based on true events, a young girl embarks on a coming-of-age journey where she and her loved ones must nobly fight to survive the Great Depression and the Oklahoma Dust Bowl.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Final Chapter
In Memoriam

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Norma Welty grew up during the Great Depression and left the Oklahoma Dust Bowl after high school. She settled in western Wisconsin and taught high school English for twenty-one years. At retirement, she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she still lives today with her equally ancient husband. This is her debut novel.

Bibliographic information