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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

If Only the Silver Dollar Bush Grew Real Money in Darling

The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar BushThe Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life goes on in Darling, Alabama during the Depression. FDR is in the White House but just barely. The Darling Bank has closed and a bank in New Orleans has purchased it, sending one of their men, Alvin Duffy to sort out the records and get it set to reopen if possible. But, the people in town, or most of them and the merchants, too, are rapidly running out of cash. Duffy and several of the other men in town are pulling together a temporary fix, scrip printed on colored paper to be used locally in lieu of the real thing.

Naturally, nothing runs smoothly--the first run of the scrip is misplaced by Charlie Dickens, the newspaper publisher and printer. Some of it shows up in town before its scheduled release. If a new run is printed the market will have more scrip and its value will decrease by half--inflation at the worst possible time.

In the meantime, on a personal level among the Dahlias, a romance is rekindled, another long term relationship is unexpectedly and sadly terminated, yet another pair seems destined for each other, the relationship between the two women who own the diner is still kind of undefined, there are deaths and the Feds are still after the shiners. Just another week or so in small town Darling.

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