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Author Coleman, Melissa
Title This life is in your hands: one dream, sixty acres, and a family undone [downloadable audiobook] / Melissa Coleman
Publisher [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Edition Unabridged
Descript 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 38 min.)) : digital
Note Digital content provided by hoopla
Performer(S) Read by the author
Summary Set on a rugged coastal homestead during the 1970s, This Life Is in Your Hands introduces a superb young writer driven by the need to uncover the truth of a childhood tragedy and connect anew with the beauty and vitality of the back-to-the-land ideal that shaped her early years. In the fall of 1968, Melissa Coleman's parents, Eliot and Sue-a handsome, idealistic young couple from well-to-do families-pack a few essentials into their VW truck and abandon the complications of modern reality to carve a farm from the woods. They move to a remote peninsula on the coast of Maine and become disciples of Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of the homesteading bible Living the Good Life. On sixty acres of sandy, intractable land, Eliot and Sue begin to forge a new existence, subsisting on the crops they grow and building a home with their own hands. While they establish a happy family and achieve their visionary goals, the pursuit of a purer, simpler life comes at a price. Winters are long and lean, summers frenetic with the work of the harvest, and the distraction of the many young farm apprentices threatens the Colemans' marriage. Then, one summer day when Melissa is seven, her three-year-old sister, Heidi, wanders off and drowns in the pond where she liked to play. In the wake of the accident, ideals give way to human frailty, divorce, and a mother's breakdown-and ultimately young Melissa is abandoned to the care of neighbors. What really happened, and who, if anyone, is to blame? This Life Is in Your Hands is the search to understand a complicated past; a true story, both tragic and redemptive, it tells of the quest to make a good life, the role of fate, and the power of forgiveness
Tech Details Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Coleman, Melissa -- Childhood and youth
Coleman, Melissa -- Family
Coleman, Eliot, 1938-
Coleman, Sue, 1945-
Loss (Psychology)
Children -- Maine -- Penobscot Bay -- Death
Drowning -- Maine -- Penobscot Bay
Penobscot Bay (Me.) -- Biography
Farm life -- Maine -- Penobscot Bay
Families -- Maine -- Penobscot Bay
Alt Author Coleman, Melissa
hoopla digital
ISBN 9780062081438
Music # MWT11587303

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