Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (Paperback)
Written as a letter to an unborn child, Smarsh dives deeply into the rural poverty that her family has been a part of for generations. Strong women facing difficult odds raise Sarah. It's part memoir and part commentary on the cultural and monetary divide in middle America. She lays out succinctly how it is nearly impossible for people to "pull themselves up from their bootstraps" and how invisible they are to the privileged class.
It's a must read.
October 2018 Indie Next List
“A classic is born! Sarah Smarsh takes us on a five-generation trek through the hardscrabble life of her Kansas childhood in the ’80s and ’90s. Just as J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed addressed the uncomfortable topic of poverty in this country, Heartland successfully gives the reader an in-depth look at impoverishment in the bread basket of America. She writes with a crystal-clear and objective voice, never giving in to self-pity or malevolence. Indeed, tongue-in-cheek humor and tenderness often shine through. This book is a must-read, a milestone in the life of our country.”
— Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA