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. Download and start listening now!