|About the Book|
In The Backwoods Of Nowhere chronicles the life of Alma Cross Owen. Alma was born in 1910 in lower Davidson County, North Carolina—as she says, fifteen miles south of Lexington, off number 8 Highway, between Newsom and High Rock, near Jackson HillMoreIn The Backwoods Of Nowhere chronicles the life of Alma Cross Owen. Alma was born in 1910 in lower Davidson County, North Carolina—as she says, fifteen miles south of Lexington, off number 8 Highway, between Newsom and High Rock, near Jackson Hill and Bald Mountain, in the backwoods of nowhere.The fifth of nine children, she lived with her mama and daddy, who were poor sharecroppers, in a small shack-like house on the edge of the large Reid farm that lay between Cabin Creek and Lick Creek on the Yadkin River. In her own words, Alma resurrects now forgotten times and places as she shares with us the everyday life of sharecroppers of the early 1900s. Through vivid descriptions she leads us through their daily customs, folklores and hardships. She speaks of how they had tomake do with what they had and how the little that they had was treasured.At age twelve Almas family left the sharecropping way of life and moved twenty miles north of the backwoods to Lexington, the county seat. In Lexington her life changed dramatically. First, her one room school was replaced with modern schools. Then, at a young age she entered the work place. The biggest change came in her late teens when she met and married Odell Henderson Owen, and in the years that followed, became the mother of eleven children.During the chaotic years of raising eleven children she never forgot her upbringing, how her mama and daddy had instilled in her the importance of family, church and community. Like her daddy, she worked hard, always putting her familys needs first. And in times of personal need, she sought strength through the church .The beauty of this book is in the voice of the book—Almas voice. Alma tells her story with a warmth that leaves you laughing at times and at other times holding a tissue to your eyes.