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Out of the Dust Chapter 47

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 47

Hired Work

  • Fun fact: It's still 1934, but now it's autumn.
  • Daddy gets a job excavating for a power company. Billie Jo hopes that since the winter crop isn't looking so hot, having a job will make him feel better about himself.
  • If nothing else, at least he'll get to put his hole-digging skills to work in a way that won't involve making people think he's nuts.