Recently I read a fascinating book titled The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. It is a true story of Evelyn Ryan's life written by her daughter.
Evelyn Ryan is a housewife in the 1950's and 1960's. Her husband struggles to provide for their family of 10 kids due to his alcoholism. She keeps their family afloat by entering poetry and jingle contests.
Terry Ryan beautifully captures the love, work, and sacrifice of a mother and the redeeming power they can have on those around her. She doesn't hide the struggles of a poor family but there is always hope in her writing.