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LovieThe Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship$
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Lisa Yarger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.001.0001

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The House of Freedom

The House of Freedom

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Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents Lovie in her garden, the setting in which she is (after the birthing room) happiest and most relaxed. Not only is Lovie’s yard a place for her to relax and enjoy natural beauty, it’s also a place where her Christian faith spills out into three-dimensions, as when she creates “Bible scenes” such as her “Woman at the Well well.” The relationship between Lovie and narrator Lisa Yarger grows more informal as Lovie gently ropes Lisa into helping with various yard decorating schemes, including the creation of a literal “bed of roses” and painting instructional and moralistic signs to hang on Lovie’s trees. Yarger begins to reflect on her evolving relationship with Lovie and the challenges of shifting roles and expectations while doing documentary fieldwork.

Keywords:   Bible scenes, bed of roses, documentary fieldwork

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