The Place Beyond the Dust Bowl by Ron Hughart is a gripping account of life after the “Grapes of Wrath.” It is the story of the plight of Hughart’s migrant family from the Dust Bowl of America, who fled to California and the West to start life anew. The book comes alive in this story of a boy’s struggle through life to manhood.
It is a “must have” for those who are interested in life in California after the great Dust Bowl migration. Schools should take note, as it is a wonderful tool for teaching the lifestyle of the migrant families from the Midwest. The first edition of The Place Beyond the Dust Bowl sold out in nine months. This book has become required reading in California schools.
Our work with Ron: Initially we were asked to update an existing website for Ron Hughart. Then, we were asked to create an online store, and after its success we were asked to make the book available as an eBook for those who prefer to use an eReader. The book is available in all formats on his website at RonHughart.com.
Finding himself caught between hearing the adults around him talk about their places they lost in Oklahoma, and the despairing rumble of an empty stomach, Ron learned that taking action, tempered with hope and humility, was the only path to literally surviving the day.
Underlying this solid, steer-wrestling man’s man, graying Van Dyke-bearded and steady gazed exterior, you might not recognize little Ronnie, the half-starved, yet hopeful, action-inclined, son of “Okies” and heir to the “Grapes of Wrath.”
In a sense, the rats his dad was shooting in the kitchen of their temporary shack-like shelter, told the story of a life laced with injustice. Through this fire the gold was refined in a way, which led Ronnie to be trusting, but cautious without being fearful, and generous with the gleanings from his compassion as he teaches.
Ron enjoys family, friends, fishing and reading. He and his family live in Exeter, California, a small city in the San Joaquin Valley.