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A NOVEL INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY, The Diary is set in Walla Walla County in the Northwest when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was attempting to break America free from the grip of the Great Depression in the 1930s. The keeper of the diary is Al, a young man dealing not only with the deprivation inflicted by the Depression, but also with tuberculosis. Through his daily entries over seventeen months of hospitalization, you will come to know his wife, family, a cast of fellow patients who are both humorous and heart-breaking... and the secrets Al thought he had buried so deep inside that not even he would remember them. The story blends day-to-day life in a tuberculosis sanatorium with local and world affairs that include the threat of war as news from Germany, Japan and Italy floated across oceans to the men in Ward One. The Diary presents a slice of America in simpler times when the bond of family and friends was often paramount in surviving the hardships of the times. It is a tale of... More > love, loss and triumph.< Less
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Jan 1, 2016I happened upon The Diary while researching the Blue Mountain TB sanitarium. We had a breakthrough in a long long search for information regarding the disappearance of my Grandfather who walked out on my Grandmother back in 1931. She was left with 4 children and was expecting another which was my father. My sister was able to get in touch with a man in California who happened to be his step son and gave us a large amount of answers to our questions as his mother met him and later married, while in the same sanitarium as Alvin was in the book but twenty years later. I have always wondered what the treatments were and what it would be like staying in the TB sanitariums since I was a child watching the Waltons and Olivia was diagnosed with TB and sent off. This book was a goldmine find! I am extremely excited to read the rest of this book and am glued to it! I am only about a quarter of the way through but it is so easy to place my Grandfather in the shoes of Alvin and I feel like I am... More > right there in the room with them! The author has done a fabulous job painting the picture for the reader and I am so glad I found this great read!< Less
Mar 28, 2010As with any good literature, The Diary is a story told on more than one level. Through the course of the book we learn of Alvin, his struggle with tuberculosis, the romance that blossoms between him and Francis, and Francis's own struggles to live and raise a child during the depression, while also coping with a seriously ill husband. Woven into the top-level plot are several well-rendered metaphors that add depth and make it a richer experience for the reader. Alvin watches a ladybug climb the stem of of a plant in the first chapter, its movements slow and unhurried, clinging to the stalk, reluctant to fly away. To me this showed Alvin's life, slow paced, day after day in a TB sanitarium,marking time, nothing much to do, time slow moving. He wants to be free, but is contagious and must stay confined inside the sanitarium walls. He waits for the miracle of health to set him free, or a more permanent release. The lady bug untimately flies to freedom with a little help, will Alvin? The... More > author tells the story with compassion,humor,and love. The characters tug at your heart, making you laugh, cry, rejoice, and commiserate with them. I found the characters lingering in my mind long after finishing the book. The story is compelling on its own. The author's ability to add subtle layers make it a first rate read.< Less
Mar 28, 2010A heart-breaking journey for a hard working family during the Great Depression of the 1930s is seamlessly woven through a cast of characters the author has masterfully brought to life in the reader's mind. "The Diary" provides a glimpse of what life used to be like in this country, revealing the roots of our mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers, of the bonds they had to establish to make it through those tough times. The twists and turns, the colorful, but not over-baked writing propels the reader to flip page after page after page. Simply put...it's a book that once you've picked it up, you don't want to put it down. Bob Story, Managing Editor, Daily Sun News, Sunnyside, Wa.
Mar 28, 2010What a delight to read. You will laugh & cry, feel despair and in it all find resolution and peace. “The Diary” is a well developed, multifaceted story that captures and carries you to the end. I identified with each individual and their struggles as I journeyed with them. For one, Al’s wife was such an inspiration exhibiting incredible strength and determination to make the best of each day. I read with relish the history infused throughout as it touched lives and especially appreciated that of the Walla Walla, Washington area, pleasantly experiencing family recollections. As one acquainted with this family, I remember that having tuberculosis in the family produced a stigma causing this to be a subject that was off limits and was only whispered in the darkest corners. This created a curiosity on my part to understand the implications of things not said. In anticipating the completion of this book, I read it eagerly and was pleased to find “more truth than fiction.” Frances Potts... More > after extensive research, creative agility and grappling with this story has succeeded in bringing to light the struggles and emotions of this family. In life you have to play the hand that was dealt and many times you’d like to throw it in, but as always that was not an option. Were there moments of disappointments with choices individuals made? Yes, but what’s new. This is a story that begged to be discovered, preserved and revealed. This is submitted with much appreciation and no small thanks.< Less
Mar 28, 2010This is my kind of book. There's lots of dialogue and I like that. It makes the characters real for me. That Ruby came through loud and clear. Every guy has had a woman like her in his life. All the people in this book gave me something but Al, that dude I'll never forget. Really good book. Read it!
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- The Great Depression ,
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- pre-World War II ,
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