Sawdust in His Shoes
By Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Paperback, 282 pages
2018, Plough Publishing
I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.
Joe Lang grew up in the circus, starring in bareback riding shows since he was a boy and gaining popularity by age fifteen. But when he’s orphaned after a terrible accident, Joe finds himself in a vocational school while he waits for a judge to decide his fate. Not one to sit around and wait, Joe escapes and ends up on the farm of the Dawson family. He intends only to stay a few days and reveals nothing about his past, but as time goes on, he starts to feel comfortable. Can he be truly happy away from the circus?
I didn’t know until after finishing this book that it was actually written in 1950; that explains the authenticity, but it doesn’t feel dry like some older texts have the tendency to do (at least for me).