Fulton Books author Gary Beckley, who has become his family's historian, a political scientist, and storyteller, has completed his most recent book "Oh! Susannah": a captivating account of a woman's life during Civil War era America that centers around the author's 3rd-great-grandmother, Susannah, who became a powerful matriarch.
"This fictional story is founded upon the understood roles and expectations of both men and women of this time period," writes Beckley. "The common thinking and given truths of the epoch, especially relating to women, are relayed herein by way of women's roles in public places and at home, their thoughts and actions in regards to marriage, sex, abortion, pain, and child-rearing. It would be easy to assign a state of isolation to these mid-nineteenth century rural-based women, and yet their daily lives were affected by so much more than home décor and dress. A mother's state of mind was impacted by her need to assist in providing, as and where she could, for the family unit, which at times required transportation. Then there were also the special events of the day and of course the national events that had a real and traumatic impact on their lives.
"I emphasize once more that this is a fictional account of a mid-nineteenth-century Ohio farmer's wife with lots of children. And yet her story is tightly bound by actual historical events and people tied together by genealogical connection. Whether your interest is in fact or fiction, may your stroll back in time be an enlightened one."
Published by Fulton Books, Gary Beckley's book uses historical accounts and facts to help bring to life a faithful literary account of the time in which Susannah lived. Full of fascinating historical details interwoven through a rich tapestry of one woman's struggle to rear her family during a tumultuous time in American history, Beckley crafts a compelling and thought-provoking story that is sure to stay with readers long after its conclusion.
Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase "Oh! Susannah" at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes & Noble.
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Original Source: Gary Beckley's New Book 'Oh! Susannah' Explores a Woman's Role in Society During Civil War Era America That Follows the Life of the Author's 3rd-Great-Grandmother