Review: Drawing on the author's girlhood in the 1940s Virginia coal camps and narrated by Audrey, the author's elder sister, the reader meets a family living in abject poverty. The father's mine pay goes for liquor and not food. The mother suffers from depression. Audrey, recovering from scarlet fever, is in a continual battle with her three younger sisters, dubbed "the three little pigs," to get enough food. Readers will applaud Audrey as she tries to make a life for herself.