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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Helwig Narrator: Ann M. Richardson, Ann Richardson Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Terry grew up the oldest of six girls in the American Southwest, where she attended twelve schools in eleven years. Helwig’s stepfather Davy, a good-hearted and loving man, proudly purchased a mobile home to enable his family to move more easily from one oil town to another, where Davy eked out a living in the oil fields.

Terry’s mother, Carola Jean, a wild rose whose love often pierced those who tried to claim her, had little interest in the confines of home and motherhood. In Davy’s absence, she sought companionship in local watering holes, a pastime she dubbed “visiting Timbuktu.” She repeatedly left Terry in charge of the household and her five younger sisters.

Despite Carola Jean’s genuine attempts to “better herself,” her life spiraled ever downward as Terry struggled to keep the family whole. In the midst of transience and upheaval, Terry and her sisters forged an uncommon bond of sisterhood that withstood the erosion of Davy and Carola Jean’s marriage. But ultimately, to keep her own dreams alive, Terry had to decide when to hold on to what she loved and when to let go.

Unflinching in its portrayal, yet told with humor and compassion, Terry Helwig’s luminous memoir, Moonlight on Linoleum, explores a family’s inner and outer landscapes of hope, despair, and redemption. It will make you laugh, cry, and hunger for more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The world needs Moonlight on Linoleum…it is what redemption looks like.” 

    Sue Monk Kidd, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Secret Life of Bees

  • “A painful purging of demons.”

    Kirkus Reviews 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon Travis | 2/16/2014

    " It's heartwarming to read a tale of poverty and hardship where people come out on top - family helps family and children don't blame their parents for what they've endured. This story echoes with the tales I've heard from my parents - about people they knew growing up in the 40's and 50's. Life was hard but people endured and survived - they didn't give up and stick out a hand for free money or government handout; they didn't give in to drink or drugs; they persevered and worked hard. Good lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen Raskin | 1/19/2014

    " Reminiscent of The Glass Castle, but with a sweeter tone. Really enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 1/19/2014

    " This was a well written and interesting memoir of the author's experiences growing up in a very transient and dysfunctional family. I loved how she tried to focus on the good in the people around her while still being candid about her experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frances Kelly | 1/16/2014

    " Marvelous. Very well written and inspirational. This author's childhood was difficult and challenging, but not horrible. She endured and triumphed and that is its ultimate message of hope and of our innate ability to rise above our circumstances. A wonderful, self-sacrificing and loving stepfather and a special bond between sisters resulted in the luminous outcome of these trying circumstances. The author's merciful attitude toward her dysfunctional mother is noble and classy. This is a book I was grateful to have read, thankful that the author was willing to share her story and its message of hope and rising above one's circumstances. I truly loved this book and wish I could meet Terry Helwig. "

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