A Three Turtle SummerBy Janelle Meraz HooperFort Sill, Oklahoma, Grace and her five year old daughter Glory are living through A Three Turtle Summer a summer so hot that the turtles are dying It s also the summer that Grace s mother and sisters join forces with Grace to help her dump Dwayne, her abusive husband, whom her sister describes as meaner than a rattlesnake and dumber than adobeBesides her Hispanic family, a rich list of characters also assist her escape, including Sako, an American born Japanese neighbor whose former home was the internment camp at Poston, Arizona two gay dance instructors a Negro gospel singer who sells Lip Smackin Barbecue out of the trunk of her new orange Cadillac convertible and Rudolf, her older sister s husband who s a colonel in the Army This is a gripping story of domestic abuse fuelled by the high level of racism existing in Oklahoma in the late forties It documents the cruelties suffered by the Hispanic, Japanese and African American of that era.Grace, the youngest daughter of a close knit Hispanic family, lives in constant terror of being assaulted by her bigoted, mean spirited husband, Dwayne She suffers her beatings in silence fearing he will take her daughter, Glory, away from her Grace is a talented seamstress and wit This is a gripping story of domestic abuse fuelled by the high level of racism existing in Oklahoma in the late forties It documents the cruelties suffered by the Hispanic, Japanese and African American of that era.Grace, the youngest daughter of a close knit Hispanic family, lives in constant terror of being assaulted by her bigoted, mean spirited husband, Dwayne She suffers her beatings in silence fearing he will take her daughter, Glory, away from her Grace is a talented seamstress and with the help of her family devises a plan to be free of her abuser while he is away on military leave.The characters are fleshed out and the action is fast paced and full of suspense This is a terrific read that offers hope to the victims of abuse and racism Well done The first of a trilogy that covers a little girl growing up in Oklahoma with a zany family Her dad, a soldier bats around his women while her mother looks for ways out The turtles If you ve ever been to Oklahoma in the summertime, you ll remember the heat Even the turtles can t live through it The summer Glory watched her mother cleverly come up with a means of supporting them is fun to watch, although it took three turtles to survive.