Chase A Dream
Soft cover only, 416 pages 6"x9"
FROM THE PUBLISHER
To Chase A Dream is a 416 page novel that deals with the Eason
family and their struggle to escape from a life of tenant farming.
The setting for the story is on a farm near Tecumseh in 1946, where the
Easons are "croppers," desperate to be established on their own place
so they can afford to send their brilliant 17-year old son, David, to
David can see no escape from the fate of being a "cropper" and confides
in his high school principal. The principal and his wife are nearing
middle–age and are childless. They appeal to the Easons to permit the
boy to live with them, because they are in a position to provide him a
Even though they are poor, as were most of the typical cropper families
of that era, the Easons are proud –a family– and Papa and Mama will not
hear of their son being "adopted out." Subconsciously they know a
sharecropper family of five with two of the children girls, can’t
afford to let the only son spend that much time with books when there
is "work to be did" in the cotton fields.
The Easons pull up stakes in Tecumseh and move to Erick, Oklahoma, onto
another tenant farm. Their problems follow them, and the conflict sets
the tone for a story to which every member of your family can relate.
Publisher Bob Evans says, "Many of you will remember a small school in
the 1930s or 1940s, to which some of the students came to class in the
mornings smelling of wood fires and smoked bacon? They enrolled late
because they had to snap cotton until the first snow flew; and they
skipped school in the spring when they had to return to the fields.
They usually stayed only a year or two in one town. What happened to
those people? To Chase A Dream gives some insight
into their life and how they looked at the rest of the world. Somehow,
sooner or later, they did all escape."
Mrs. North’s book is "autobiographical fiction" in that much of the
Easons‘ way of life is based on the author’s growing up days. Most of
the characters are based on members of her own family. The author is a
farmer’s–wife–turned–writer who lives on a rural route at Erick. She
has skillfully created a story that is a true study of character in the
It is the type of book to be read both with a smile and an occasional
tear – tears of sadness and joy. Most of those who have worked with the
manuscript say they are faced with a touch of déjà vu as they relate so
easily to the plight of the Eason family.
To Chase A Dream
By Margie Snowden North