"Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason addresses the problem of a marriage trying to survive despite several problems. As in many marriages, the lack of communication prevents the marriage from being secure. Both husband and wife are unable to face the problems that need to be attacked if the marriage is to survive.
The characters are Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt. Leroy drove a truck for many years. After a bad accident in which he severely hurt his leg, Leroy finds himself trying to fill his time. He does not believe that he will be able to drive his truck again. After surgery, three months at home, physical therapy—Leroy has decided to build his wife a log cabin home.
Leroy loves his wife Norma Jean. He tries to please her. They have always rented their homes; now, Leroy wants to provide Norma with her own home. The author portrays Leroy as a good guy, but immature and searching for something.
Leroy used to tell hitchhikers his whole life story—about his travels, his hometown,...
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