Often I find myself reaching for the latest fiction book – something that will draw me into a world that is made up and in the end of the book, you get a happy ending. However, sometimes, I find I need a break from the fiction and want to find something honest and real. Cruel Harvest a memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb suited that need perfectly, it was a story of finding healing after abuse, that is touching and as I was searching for, real. It was a good read, and I was glad to be able to do a book review.
Fran tells an emotional story of her growing up, getting through, and growing stronger and finding healing after abuse, pain, and loss. She endured things small children should not have to, and yet now, she is able to reach out and help others because of what she went through. She has been able to reunite with her family despite running from them when she was young, and she is able to tell a beautiful story of reunion. Her child like faith was inspiring, and even at a small age, you could tell she understood more than she wanted to.
Now that she is grown and seen healing in her own life, she is able to travel all around the country speaking in prisons, women’s shelters, drug and rehab clinics, and children’s homes. She is able to reach out and help children who share stories of pain similar to her own.
The book was hard to read at first. I did not want to admit that some people have to grow up like that, or that children have to be exposed to things that I feel like people shouldn’t have to even as adults. On the other hand, once I got into her story, and how she was able to reunite with so many of her family members – I realized, that to tell the story of healing, she had to explain where she had been. The pain was something I had to read through too. Overall in reading this for a book review, I learned a lot about her painful life as a migrant worker, what it means to choose to live when all you want to do is get away from the life you have, and most importantly how important it is to find meaning in life – even if it seems small and insignificant.
You can find out more about Fran Elizabeth Grubb and her story at CruelHarvest.com
Her book, Cruel Harvest is available at Amazon.com.