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“Fred Voss’ “My House Was Not a Home” is a gem. The memoir contains 38 well written short stories that depict his life on a dairy farm in Northern California while dealing with an abusive grandmother. However, the book is not about abuse, but rather is a tribute to those people who help him avoid it. His characters are memorable: who could forget the great storytellers Reg Keetering and Darrel (pronounced Duryl) Campbell, the trickster Clyde Redman, and the bully Stanley Bater. Close to Voss’ heart were the many dogs that wandered from the highway to the family’s door. They were fed and loved and, sadly, many were lost on the road from which they came. The author does a grand job of describing his exploits with his canine pals, some of which were as memorable as the humans. King was one that comes to mind, as does Rufus, and Susie. And who could forget Edgar, who was killed for spotting a cattle rustler. One story in particular, Matches Made on Earth, is quite unforgettable. “My House Was Not a Home” is a delightful collection of stories that will bring hours of enjoyment to readers of all ages.”

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