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In a Pickle
A Farm Story
Jerry Apps

Terrace Books

“Apps draws from his own rural upbringing to paint a touching picture of farm life and pickle-making in the sands of Central Wisconsin.”
Wisconsin Natural Resources

The year is 1955. The H. H. Harlow Pickle Company has appeared in the small town of Link Lake, using heavy-handed tactics to force family farmers to either farm the Harlow way or lose their biggest customer—and, possibly, their land. Andy Meyer, the owner of a half-acre pickle patch, works part-time for the Harlow Company, a conflict that places him between the family farm and the big corporation. As he sees how Harlow begins to change the rural community and the lives of its people, Andy must make personal, ethical, and life-changing decisions.

“[Apps] utterly wins us over with rich characters, homespun dialogue, and a story that, although it takes place half a century ago, involves a subject that’s still current: the elimination of small farms by big agribusiness. Apps . . . invests the novel with the kind of realism, precise detail, and local color that only someone who had lived the story could do.”—Booklist

Author Jerry Apps - photo credit, Steve AppsJerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His other Ames County novels are The Travels of Increase Joseph, Blue Shadows Farm and Cranberry Red. His many nonfiction books include Every Farm Tells a Story, Old Farm, Cheese, Breweries of Wisconsin, One-Room Country Schools, and Ringlingville USA. He has received the Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Notable Author Award from the Wisconsin Library Association.

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A Farm Story

September 2008
LC: 2007011563 PS
256 pp.   6 x 9

Book icon Paper $16.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-22304-5
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