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ISBN: 0806139285
Author: Rilla Askew
Language: English
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 30, 2009)
Pages: 256
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 970
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Series: Stories and Storytellers Series (Book 1). Paperback: 256 pages. It was hard to put down Rilla Askew's love story of two Dust Bowl travelers.

Series: Stories and Storytellers Series (Book 1). Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 30, 2009). Aside from the riveting story told, Askew writes with unique structure, creates vibrant characters and takes the reader to a place and time so real that I felt gritty, hungry and thirsty during the reading.

Harpsong is a novel by Rilla Askew published in 2007. It is volume one in Oklahoma Stories and Storytellers, from University of Oklahoma Press. Harpsong received the Oklahoma Book Award, the Western Heritage Award, the WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West, and the Violet Crown Award from the Writers' League of Texas in 2008. Harpsong tells the story of Harlan Singer and his teenage wife Sharon, on the road in the midwest during the Great Depression.

American Book Award-winning author Askew (creative writing, Univ Harpsong Stories and Storytellers Series (Том 1). Автор.

American Book Award-winning author Askew (creative writing, Univ. of Oklahoma;Fire in Beulah ) mixes fiction with legend and history in this extraordinary novel of Oklahoma during the Great Depression. Harpsong Stories and Storytellers Series (Том 1). University of Oklahoma Press, 2011.

Rilla Askew is an American novelist and short story writer who was born in the Sans Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma, and grew up in the town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Harpsong (Stories and Storytellers Series) )

Rilla Askew is an American novelist and short story writer who was born in the Sans Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma, and grew up in the town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Harpsong (Stories and Storytellers Series) ) A love story about Dust Bowl heroes who didn’t leave for California Harlan Singer, a harmonica-playing troubadour, shows up in the Thompson family’s yard one morning. He steals their hearts with his music, and their daughter with his charm.

Author Rilla Askew was born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma and knows whereof she writes. Harpsong, is the first in the Oklahoma Stories and Storytellers series to be published the OU Press.

Harlan Singer, a harmonica-playing troubadour, shows up in the Thompson family’s yard one morning. Author Rilla Askew was born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma and knows whereof she writes. She is the author of a collection of stories, Strange Business, which won the Oklahoma Book Award and two other award winning novels, The Mercy Seat and Fire in Beulah.

Oklahoma Stories and Storytellers. Harpsong tells the story of Harlan Singer and his teenage wife Sharon, on the road in the midwest during the depression. This article about a 2000s novel is a stub. You can help World Heritage Encyclopedia by expanding it.

A love story infused with history and folk tradition, Harpsong shows what happened to the friends and neighbors Steinbeck’s Joads left behind. In this moving, redemptive tale inspired by Oklahoma folk heroes, Rilla Askew continues her exploration of the American story. Harpsong is a novel by Rilla Askew published in 2007.

A love story about Dust Bowl heroes who didn’t leave for California

Harlan Singer, a harmonica-playing troubadour, shows up in the Thompson family’s yard one morning. He steals their hearts with his music, and their daughter with his charm. Soon he and his fourteen-year-old bride, Sharon, are on the road, two more hobos of the Great Depression, hitchhiking and hopping freights across the Great Plains in search of an old man and the settlement of Harlan’s long-standing debt.

Finding shelter in hobo jungles and Hoovervilles, the newlyweds careen across the 1930s landscape in a giant figure eight with Oklahoma in the middle. Sharon’s growing doubts about her husband’s quest set in motion events that turn Harlan Singer into a hero while blinding her to the dark secret of his journey. A love story infused with history and folk tradition, Harpsong shows what happened to the friends and neighbors Steinbeck’s Joads left behind.

In this moving, redemptive tale inspired by Oklahoma folk heroes, Rilla Askew continues her exploration of the American story. Harpsong is a novel of love and loss, of adventure and renewal, and of a wayfaring orphan’s search for home―all set to the sounds of Harlan’s harmonica. It shows us the strength and resilience of a people who, in the face of unending despair, maintain their faith in the land.

Comments:

Nahn
Harpsong was such an enthralling read that I stayed up late at night to finish it. Truly, a great historian and writer, Rilla Askew had written one of the best books about Oklahoma in the 30s I've ever read. I am truly impressed with the depth and detail while keeping the reader's interest. A great book!
Redfury
After reading Harpsong I have a new favorite author.It was hard to put down Rilla Askew's love story of two Dust Bowl travelers. Aside from the riveting story told, Askew writes with unique structure, creates vibrant characters and takes the reader to a place and time so real that I felt gritty, hungry and thirsty during the reading. I'm anxious to get my hands on Askew's latest book, Kind of Kin.
Stan
Even though I'm from Oklahoma, reading this book is teaching me all kinds of new things about my state. . . and reminding me of many things I'd long forgotten. Truly enjoying the read (not quite finished yet).
Ungall
This should be considered 'the' classic story of the Dustbowl. Beautifully written, beautifully conceived, a literary novel with a bit of magical realism as well as historical realism.
Ochach
This was a well written, well researched historical fiction with well developed characters and a gripping story line. Truly a classic story of two Oklahoma kids from eastern Oklahoma trying to make it during the depression. Not only do I feel like I know more about Oklahoma, but also the nation as a whole during depression era. I could really feel for the characters and their hardships. Although based on Oklahoma history, this book has a lot to offer to anyone interested in American history. I highly recommend this book. It'll be one that you want to read over again.
Arihelm
At the age of 14, Sharon Thompson runs off with Harlan Singer and marries him, knowing nothing of his early life. They live on the move as Depression Era hobos. Sharon misses her family and longs for a more settled life, but Harlan is always haunted by his past. They stick together riding the rails in Oklahoma and the surrounding states.

Rilla Askew is a lifelong Oklahoman, and clearly a historian. She uses Sharon and Harlan's peregrinations as a way to give the reader a tour of 1930s Oklahoma and Texas. They pass through the hobo jungles, and the railroad yards where the bulls ruthlessly seek out tramps in the train cars. They see the towns emptied by bank foreclosures, and the farms and homes of good people barely hanging on but willing to offer drifters a meal and a place to sleep.

Askew conveys the feelings of hopelessness, desperation, hunger, and fear of the future experienced by all levels of society during the Depression. Her descriptions of the dry, flat, hot landscape really stayed with me. I could almost feel the grit between my teeth and smell the cinders of a passing train.

The writing is very literary, but not the least bit flowery or strained. Only an Oklahoma native could make Sharon's voice ring so true to the place and time.
Nagis
Oklahoma, like much of the Midwest, was suffering from drought and the Depression, when Sharon saw Harlan Singer coming up the road. He was looking for work, but he wasn't much of a worker. Dark-haired, green-eyed and possessing a certain charm, fourteen-year-old Sharon was quickly smitten, as was he with this naive young girl. Basically a good man, but one haunted by the past, he took Sharon from her family and married her. They lived on the road, riding the rails, thumbing rides, and were nearly always hungry. Harlan carried a harmonica and could coax from it music that spoke to people, and with his charm could make himself the leader he desired to be. He loved Sharon and she loved him, but the bride of a homeless man has no bed of roses to lie on. Harpsong is an excellent story, well written, and one that immerses the reader deep into the characters' lives.
Eunice Boeve author of Ride a Shadowed Trail
This is a beautiful book, written in three voices: the teenaged bride of a Depression-era itinerant and singer/harmonica player; "Folksay," or the communal (sometimes misinformed) voice of the Oklahoma, Texas, Kansan, and New Mexican towns through which the couple passes on foot and by freight; and "Deepsong," a translation of the unspoken embodied in the land and the singer himself. (A fourth voice does emerge at the very end.) The evocation of time and place is powerful, the language gorgeous, the exploration of themes such as fate, individual responsibility, sin, and redemption serious. Harpsong is also a compelling tale of a marriage, lived under hardship, between two people deeply in love.

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