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This lyrical autobiographical novel tells the story of Marie Rodgers, born into harsh rural poverty in northern Missouri at the end of the last century. Hers is a family nurtured in poverty: her father a charming but shiftless itinerant worker, her mother undernourished and overworked. In a world where the choices for a woman are marriage or prostitution, Marie is fiercely determined to choose neither. Struggling to educate herself, haunted by the family she leaves behind, Marie's restless nature cannot reconcile sexual ...

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