Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian by Drema Hall Berkheimer

By Drema Hall Berkheimer

“Mining businesses piled trash coal in a slag heap and set it ablaze. The coal burned up, however the slate didn’t. the warmth became it rose and orange and lavender. The airborne dirt and dust highway I lived on used to be paved with that sharp-edged rock. We referred to as it crimson puppy. My grandmother continually informed me, ‘Don’t you move working on that pink puppy road.’ yet oh, I did.”

 

Gypsies, faith-healers, moonshiners, and snake handlers weave via Drema’s youth in Forties Appalachia after Drema’s father is killed within the coal mines, her mom is going off to paintings as a Rosie the Riveter, and he or she is left within the care of religious Pentecostal grandparents. What follows is a spitfire of a memoir that reads like a singular with intrigue, sweeping emotion, and undeniable appeal. Drema’s coming of age is coloured via tent revivals with Grandpa, jitterbug classes, and touring carnivals, and even though all of it, she serves witness to a multi-generational family members of saints and sinners whose lives defy the stereotypes. simply as she defies her own.

 

Running On crimson puppy Road is facts that fact is stranger than fiction, specifically in terms of lifestyles and religion in an Appalachian youth.

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