By Haven Kimmel
Whilst Haven Kimmel was once born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was once a sleepy little hamlet of 3 hundred humans. Nicknamed "Zippy" for how she may bolt round the apartment, this small woman used to be possessed of huge eyes or even larger ears. during this witty and lovingly informed memoir, Kimmel takes readers again to a time whilst small-town the United States used to be stuck within the amber of the blameless postwar period--people helped their acquaintances, went to church on Sunday, and stored barnyard animals of their backyards.
Laced with nice storytelling, sharp wit, dead-on observations, and moments of sheer pleasure, Haven Kimmel's straight-shooting portrait of her formative years provides us a heroine who's splendidly candy and sly as she navigates the quirky grownup international that surrounds Zippy.
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This was also the main market street, divided into sections, each housing a specialised trade. It was by following this road that Najib fled the city. The covered marketplace he passed had been cleaned just before the start of the war, its roof repaired, its alleyways paved with tile. Further east along the seashore were to be found the oldest public buildings: the post office and government house, which 17 A Rift in Time was locally referred to as the saray (Persian for house). The small mosque, the public slaughterhouse and prison built from the remains of a Crusader castle were also in this central area, following the coast in both directions.
But the opposing forces were much stronger than us. It came down to war, to fighting for the land. Najib died before he could find out how poorly prepared our side was for the conflict that ensued. In the course of his escape during the first part of the twentieth century, Najib worked with different people from every class, background and level of education – Bedouins, farmers and city dwellers – just as I did when I worked with Al Haq. Like him, I came to appreciate the courage, loyalty and integrity of those who live off the land; and like him, I saw how politics finally destroyed some of them.
In the 1890s a French company had won a concession to run a railway line from Damascus to Beirut. This was completed in 1898, depriving Haifa of some of the traffic in grain from the Hauran plain. But when in 1905 the railway line to Dera’a and Damascus was completed, Haifa regained its importance as a port for the export of wheat and barley from the Syrian interior. A large new central railway station was built to handle the traffic and the old pier was extended. The Damascus–Haifa line, incorporated into the Hijaz railway network, was designed to divert economic benefits to the southern shores of the eastern Mediterranean.
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana (Zippy, Book 1) by Haven Kimmel