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Caroline: Little House, Revisited

Author Sarah Miller remembers first reading the Little House on the Prairie books when she was in 4th grade. She says when she went back to reread them as an adult, she saw there was more going on than she picked up on as a young adult. 

"I thought about Ma. I read a scene where Laura wakes up and Ma is sitting by the window and has a pistol in her lap," she says. "If you're the lady in the rocking chair, it's your job to make everything safe and cozy. And you don't know if it's all going to work out that way."

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, Miller talks with host Charity Nebbe about her new novel and about the research she put into writing the book, which retells the story from Caroline Ingalls' perspective. 

"The more you read about the Ingalls family, the more you have to acknowledge that even though its billed like a memoir, Little House is fiction. And I wanted to know what she played up and what she played down for the sake of her fiction." 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Dennis Reese was the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio