by Ron Rude
In the early 1900s on the North Dakota prairies, young Selma Retzlaff Wollerman learns the ways of her Russian-German ancestry while waiting for her own life to begin. This is a novel based in fact. The Great Depression, a large, mixed family, a murder, cruel neighbors and WWII all threaten to destroy Selma. But, with skill, humor and toughness she does survive, dying at 101 years old, still sound of mind and spirit. Selma’s life is an emotional and uplifting story, especially since she is not a fictional character, but a real-life example of the durable immigrant women of the American prairies.