Author shares family’s struggle through the Great Depression


Sharon Chase Hoseley’s mother, Susan, spent a subzero winter living in a tent. Her husband was even colder. During a time when character and endurance were tested, Susan was building her life on faith.

In “A Bridge Named Susan,” Hoseley tells her mother’s story, connected by family bridges. Susan left the relationship of a distant mother, only to marry an even more distant man and work partner, during the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world.

“My mother was a great storyteller,” Hoseley said. “I was fascinated by the hard times she experienced in the first thirty years of her life. The other two-thirds of her life held no clue as to what she had lived through.”

For the past 17 years, Hoseley has written, directed and produced children’s plays. She has gained recognition in several writing contests and published another book, “Jesus, Lord of My Seasons – Hard Places,” in 2014.

“I want this story to reach the multitudes that want to give up and escape because life is too hard,” Hoseley said. “Everyone can find their courage and strength if they have faith.”

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