Book Review: “Lucy Come Home” by Dave and Neta JacksonJune 29, 2012 at 10:05 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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From the back cover: Lucy Tucker has been on the streets of Chicago for 50 years. Why won’t she come home?
Fifteen-year-old Cindy worked long days beside her migrant worker family in Michigan’s sugar beet fields in the early 1940s – the “war years” – until she met a dashing young man from a traveling carnival, bringing some joy and fun into her hard-scrabble life. But a tragic twist of fate – and a dead field boss – sent the two young people on the run, leaving behind family and everything she’d ever known.
Lucy Tucker, the crotchety old bag lady from the popular Yada Yada House of Hope series, is a veteran of the Chicago streets and not about to give up her independence, even as she approaches her 80th birthday. Until, that is, a young displaced woman with her gentle ageing mother and a dog named Dandy seem to need her – unsettling the secretive Lucy, who doesn’t let anyone get too close. But just when it seems her past is catching up with her to bring her in out of the cold…Lucy disappears again.
How these two tales intersect and intertwine between past and present gradually shines light into the dark corners of Lucy’s murky past. But…why won’t Lucy come home?
What do you do when you see a homeless person? Some cross the street to get away from them. Others walk by them and command them to get a job or get away. Very few, really, try to help or realize that they are real people with history. Dave and Neta Jackson have given us a great character in Lucy. She is given such a history and is such a real person that it is a shame that the book ends because we cannot hang out with her or the others in this book anymore. Get ready to go to the carnival and experience the sights, the smells, the colors, all from the insiders point of view. Honestly, I only knew about migrant workers from the old TV show, “The Fugitive” because he would do some work like that. Here we also have the insider point of view. “Lucy Come Home” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.
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