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Mothering on Perilous

Lucy S. Furman (1869-1958)

1. 01 - Arrival on Perilous
2. 02 - Getting Acquainted
3. 03 - Acquiring a Family
4. 04 - War, Not Peace
5. 05 - Getting Better Acquainted
6. 06 - A Trade and Other Matters
7. 07 - Heroes and Hero Worship
8. 08 - Dress, Chivalry and the Trojan War
9. 09 - More Trading and Some Family History
10. 10 - About Mothers
11. 11 - Over on Trigger
12. 12 - The Fightingest Boy
13. 13 - Around the Fire
14. 14 - The Visit Home, and the Funeral Occasion
15. 15 - Trouble on Trigger and Elsewhere
16. 16 - Filial Piety and Croup
17. 17 - Blessings and Hatings
18. 18 - Christmas Anticipations
19. 19 - Christmas and Danger
20. 20 - War and Worse on Trigger
21. 21 - Suspense
22. 22 - The 'Eech,' and Tragedy
23. 23 - Despair, and Budding Romance
24. 24 - The Babe
25. 25 - Change and Growth
26. 26 - 'Marvles' and Marvels
27. 27 - Transformation
28. 28 - 'Keeps'
29. 29 - Liberty and New Life

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Summary

Cecelia Loring is alone in the world after the death of her mother and has come to the Kentucky mountains in search of work. Although very depressed from her loss she soon becomes caretaker of the garden at a school and not many days later finds herself quite busy as housemother to a group of energetic boys that keep running away from the school because of homesickness, especially Nucky, who seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders, worrying about not being at home to help his brother Blant "keep lookout" for the Cheevers, who have been at war with the Marrses for years over a piece of land. Can she find a way to make the boys feel at home so they will stay and get an education? And can they begin to help her heal the broken places in her heart?Lucy Furman based several of her novels, including Mothering on Perilous, on her years as a teacher and housemother at the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. Through her experiences at the school her writing vividly portrays the beauty, but also the harshness of mountain life.