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The Folks
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Here is an introspective, poignant portrait of an American family during a time of sweeping changes. Now nearly sixty years after it first appeared, Suckow's finest work still displays a thorough realism in its characters' actions and aspirations; the uneasy compromises they are forced to make still ring true.

Suckow's talent for retrospective analysis comes to life as she examines her own people—Iowans, descendants of early settlers—through the lives of the Ferguson family, living in the fictional small town of Belmond, Iowa. Using her gift of creating three-dimensional, living characters, Suckow focuses on personal differences within the family and each member's separate struggle to make sense of past and present, to confront a pervasive sense of loss as a way of life disappears.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Part 1: The Old Folks
  2. p. 1
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  1. Part 2: The Good Son
  2. p. 69
  1. I. The Young People
  2. pp. 71-109
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  1. II. Commencement
  2. pp. 109-147
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  1. III. Homecoming
  2. pp. 147-253
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  1. Part 3: The Loveliest Time of the Year
  2. pp. 255-301
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  1. Part 4: The Other Girl
  2. p. 303
  1. I. The Hidden Time
  2. pp. 305-331
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  1. II. Basement Apartment
  2. pp. 331-392
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  1. III. And It Had a Green Door
  2. pp. 392-449
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  1. IV. After the End of the Story
  2. pp. 449-521
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  1. 5. The Youngest
  2. pp. 523-577
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  1. 6. The Folks
  2. pp. 579-727
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