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Too Early for Flowers: The Story of a Polio Mother

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

A NOVELLA FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED MEMOIR: Too ambitious for her small Illinois town, Iris is determined to see the world with Washington, DC as the first stop. Her plans are curtailed when she marries a handsome young soldier and though apart for long stretches by WWII, they have two boys. Tragically widowed and back home, her younger, Gray, in braces from polio, Iris prepares herself for the challenges ahead. Through their exhausting nightly exercises, Iris teaches Gray of the power of faith, and of words. She tantalizes him of the world outside waiting, the world she was unable to see. After graduation in journalism, Gray accepts a reporting job in Sydney, Australia. Both their adventures begin, and life eventually comes full circle for Iris. OPTIONED AS MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
Sipolski bases this historical novel on his mother’s life story. Iris left her small town of Hardscrabble, Ill., in 1940 at the age of 18 and headed for Washington, D.C., with dreams of traveling the globe. Her aspirations were short-circuited when her husband died, leaving her to raise two small boys. After coming back home to Hardscrabble, Iris faces the difficulties of living in her childhood home with her mother and sister, as well as confronting and finding strength in the challenges that come with the onset of polio in her youngest son. Despite these obstacles, Iris finds full-time employment and soldiers through her hardships. Later, she remarries and has a third son before tragedy strikes once again. Readers will find themselves immersed in Iris’s struggles as well as in the social dynamics of an earlier era, when doctors offered few remedies for diseases such as polio. Sipolski brings emotion and energy to this story of the uncommon woman at his family’s center. (BookLife)