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The Book

This novel is based on Carole Mahanay’s husband and his family. Her husband and all his brothers and his lone brother-in-law served in the military over a period of two decades, a time in which significant events took place. It tells of their humble beginnings on a 117-acre cotton farm and the brother’s romances, as well as their fond memories and love of the dark, rich soil of home. The novel uses actual letters, postcards, journal entries and pictures to tell its story while some of the actions, dialogue and thought processes are fictionalized.