By Joe R. Lansdale
Jack Catcher's mom and dad are dead--his mother died of a disorder and his dad of a damaged heart--and he desires to get out of Oklahoma, the place airborne dirt and dust storms have killed every thing eco-friendly and hopeful. So while former classmate Jane Lewis and her little brother, Tony, appear in his backyard with plans to scouse borrow a lifeless neighbor's motor vehicle and make a holiday for Texas, Jack does not desire a lot convincing to compliment them. yet a run-in with one of many era's so much infamous gangsters places a crimp in Jane's plan, and shortly the 3 teenagers are driving the rails between hoboes, gangsters, and con males, racing to warn a carnival-wrestler-turned-bank-robber of the chance headed towards him swifter than a black snow fall at the prairie horizon. This street journey experience is a colourful experience via Depression-era America.
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Cherokee believed if you killed a rattlesnake and put it so it could be seen, the gods would give rain. So far, them that believed that had been wrong, and the only thing that had come of it was a lot of dead snakes. ” “Away from here,” Tony said. ” “I’m for deciding which way to go,” I said as the car bumped along. ” “I don’t know about that,” Jane said. “Seems to me I’m the only decisive one in the bunch. ” “That’s probably true,” Tony said. Actually, she had a point, but she still didn’t have a direction.
Wherever I was going in that stolen Ford, I was darn sure going to try to get there fast. 6 It was a long time before we found any kind of ruts we could ride in, but when we did, we started moving faster, and I got a little braver about my driving. Course, I had to hope I didn’t grind the gears so much I burned up the clutch or tore up the engine in some way, or ran off into a ditch and killed us all. ” “I said I could drive, but I didn’t say I was any good at it. I ain’t Henry Ford his ownself.
They called everybody that come out there Okies, even if they wasn’t from here. People got beat and robbed and taken advantage of, and with so many folks scrambling for jobs, there weren’t many to be had. He come back to Oklahoma, though he said it was like it was when he left. He wanted to go somewhere else, but his truck broke down and they couldn’t go nowhere else unless they walked. ” “We need more than oranges, and greenery is nice to look at, but the main green we need is dollar green,” I said.
All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky by Joe R. Lansdale