Two Thousand Minnows

Two Thousand Minnows

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When Sandra Leigh was seven years old, she fell into the role of protector of her mother and three younger siblings. One winter night, she ushered her mother out of the house during one of her fathera€™s tirades, and then snuck her back into the dark home through a window. Sandra was used to events like these; what she wasna€™t used to were the mountains and nature surrounding her new home in West Virginia. Raised in the city, it took some time to get used to the long, hot summer days and nights, but she soon found that the forests, rivers, and mountains were more secure and comforting than the house that held her abusive and volatile father. Catching minnows in the gentle river, riding on rope swings, and exploring the outdoors distracted her from what was waiting at home. But then, her mother became pregnant again, and Sandraa€™s concern for her family and their well-being grew when her mother returned home from the hospital without the baby. In Two Thousand Minnows, Sandra reflects on the events of her childhood and adolescence, including the time spent traveling across the country with her anxious, worn out family in a small, cramped car. As Sandra grows older, she realizes that what theya€™re chasing when they move from town to towna€”the perfect, stable lifea€”cannot exist, at least for her, until she has the answers to all the questions she never asked. As an adult, Sandra decides to stop running from the past and instead revisit it, refusing to give up until she unearths the trutha€”and finds the sister who never came home.The dogsare in a coma, and Icana#39;t even tell them how much longer. Mom pulls ... I wonder how much longerita#39;llbe beforewe stop; Ithink Dad plans on driving all night. ... The car lights are nothing but streams of light falling downthe windshield.

Title:Two Thousand Minnows
Author:Sandra Leigh Vaughan
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2014-10-07


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