The protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken
her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then
thirteen, recalls how the Moodys survive that first bleak winter in
a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not so
faith and resourcefulness. "Mother" in Little Britches and Man of
the Family, Mary Emma emerges fully as a character in this book,
and Ralph, no longer called "Little Britches," comes into his own.
The family's run-ins with authority and with broken furnaces in
winter are evocative of a full and warm family life. Mary Emma &
Company continues the Moody saga that started in Colorado with
Little Britches and runs through Man of the Family and The Home
Ranch. All these titles have been reprinted as Bison Books, as has
The Fields of Home, in which Ralph leaves the Massachusetts town
for his grandfather's farm in Maine.Purchase the audio edition.