Mothering on Perilous

Lucy S. FURMAN (1869 - 1958)

Cecelia Loring is alone in the world after the death of her mother and has come to the Kentucky mountains in search of work. Although very depressed from her loss she soon becomes caretaker of the garden at a school and not many days later finds herself quite busy as housemother to a group of energetic boys that keep running away from the school because of homesickness, especially Nucky, who seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders, worrying about not being at home to help his brother Blant "keep lookout" for the Cheevers, who have been at war with the Marrses for years over a piece of land. Can she find a way to make the boys feel at home so they will stay and get an education? And can they begin to help her heal the broken places in her heart?

Lucy Furman based several of her novels, including Mothering on Perilous, on her years as a teacher and housemother at the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. Through her experiences at the school her writing vividly portrays the beauty, but also the harshness of mountain life. (summary by Laura Victoria)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Arrival on Perilous Laura Victoria
00:05:39
Play 02 02 - Getting Acquainted Laura Victoria
00:06:06
Play 03 03 - Acquiring a Family Laura Victoria
00:17:13
Play 04 04 - War, not Peace Laura Victoria
00:07:40
Play 05 05 - Getting Better Acquainted Laura Victoria
00:06:54
Play 06 06 - A Trade and Other Matters Laura Victoria
00:08:10
Play 07 07 - Heroes and Hero Worship Laura Victoria
00:05:18
Play 08 08 - Dress, Chivalry and the Trojan War Laura Victoria
00:11:38
Play 09 09 - More Trading, and Some Family History Laura Victoria
00:08:18
Play 10 10 - About Mothers Laura Victoria
00:08:25
Play 11 11 - Over on Trigger Laura Victoria
00:15:07
Play 12 12 - The Fightingest Boy Laura Victoria
00:06:38
Play 13 13 - Around the Fire Laura Victoria
00:16:06
Play 14 14 - The Visit Home, and the Funeral Occasion Laura Victoria
00:15:40
Play 15 15 - Trouble on Trigger and Elsewhere Laura Victoria
00:11:38
Play 16 16 - Filial Piety and Croup Laura Victoria
00:05:12
Play 17 17 - Blessings and Hatings Laura Victoria
00:07:27
Play 18 18 - Christmas Anticipations Laura Victoria
00:08:30
Play 19 19 - Christmas and Danger Laura Victoria
00:10:23
Play 20 20 - War and Worse on Trigger Laura Victoria
00:08:29
Play 21 21 - Suspense Laura Victoria
00:07:58
Play 22 22 - The 'Eech,' and Tragedy Laura Victoria
00:13:00
Play 23 23 - Despair, and Budding Romance Laura Victoria
00:11:33
Play 24 24 - The Babe Laura Victoria
00:10:49
Play 25 25 - Change and Growth Laura Victoria
00:10:03
Play 26 26 - 'Marvles' and Marvels Laura Victoria
00:10:32
Play 27 27 - Transformation Laura Victoria
00:09:07
Play 28 28 - 'Keeps' Laura Victoria
00:07:00
Play 29 29 - Liberty and New Life Laura Victoria
00:09:22