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|Title: A Can of Peas, Lake Emily Series #1|
By: Traci DePree
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2002
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)|
Weight: 10 ounces
Series: Lake Emily
Stock No: WW65230
After the death of his grandfather, Peter Morgan and his new bride, Mae, face a life-changing decision: should they embrace the career-chasing ambitions of their family and friends in St. Paul or accept the absurd challenge of saving the family farm in the Minnesota countryside?
Enticed by the romance of a simple, quiet life, the Morgans set out to follow in the footsteps of Peter’s grandparents. Soon, Peter is farming around the clock, barely one step ahead of failure as Mae struggles to find her place in Peter’s life and in the community. Will the strain of saving the farm tear their marriage apart? Was it a mistake to dream?
Author: Traci DePree
Located in: Le Sueur Minnesota
Submitted: December 27, 2001
Tell us a little about yourself. In 1996, My husband and I became tired of chasing careers, of not knowing our neighbors except to toss a hello over the fence in our busy-ness. Life had become a racing monotony. And we began dreaming of living in the country, having a big garden and a few animals; of stopping to relish the life that God gave us. So we moved to the Valley of the Jolly Green Giant in southern Minnesota. It has become all and more than we had hoped. Here, I can look out my windows across acres of cornfield. I can hear the cicadas when September flutters in. Here my neighbors are my best friends, calling to check on me when Im ill, bringing a hotdish over even though I tell them they dont need to go to all that trouble
What was your motivation behind this project? When I started writing A Can of Peas I especially wanted to give each reader a reason to believe that the person next to them in the airport or in line at the grocery store is worth getting to know, because each of us has a story worth hearing if we will only take the time to listen.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? With todays news a constant onslaught of negative events in our world, it is difficult to remain encouraged and to believe that good will still exists. A Can of Peas carries a message of hope and shows America as it ought to be and truly still is in rural Minnesota. Where people genuinely care and acts of kindness are everyday events. I wrote A Can of Peas to offer hope for for those feeling trapped by the blurred pace of modern life and for those seeking a deeper connection with God, others, and creation.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The lessons learned in A Can of Peas are lessons that I learned in our own move to a farming community in rural Minnesota. I am influenced every day by those whose lives touch mine and especially by Jesus.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have a heart for fiction, especially excellent fiction. To learn more about my favorite authors or the daily happenings in my life visit my website www.tracidepree.com