by Sandy HusebyJune, 2004
Route 66 revisited
Finding herself widowed and pregnant during the economic hardships of the 1930s, Mary Lee Clawson is in for a pleasant surprise. When she travels down Route 66 to visit her late father's motor court in the rural New Mexico backcountry, she is pleased to learn that she has inherited the property. The problems she faces in running the business and starting a new life are tenderly portrayed in Dorothy Garlock's new novel, Song of the Road. Homecoming means confronting both Mary Lee's long-strained relationship with her alcoholic mother and the fears that her husband's father means to claim the baby she carries. Jake Ramero carries his own baggage down dusty Route 66. Just out of prison after being wrongfully accused of cattle rustling, Jake questions his right to help Mary Lee rebuild her motor court and her shattered life. Local ranch kingpin Ocie Clawson wants to make sure her efforts to restore the tumbledown tourist cabins fail. Jake risks his own dreams and survival in order to make life better for Mary Lee. Garlock's writing perfectly captures these plainspoken people overcoming the challenges of their hardscrabble lives.