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Publisher's Summary

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovation, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday occurrence.

©2005 Terry Ryan (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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Heartwarming yet unsentimental

If you could sum up The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio in three words, what would they be?

Terry's mom rocks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mrs. Ryan was an inspiring figure.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh and tear up in a few spots...not cry.

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I really enjoyed the story. It's told without nostalgia, yet somehow made me think of times now gone. I'll never forget the protagonist and the Ryan family.

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An outstanding read

Rarely do I take the time to write a review. This book deserves my time. It is warm, humorous, and nostalgic. It combines a time capsule of Americana and a glimpse of a family struggling before government handouts.

It is a celebration of achievement. It is also a picture of what a family can achieve by finding the highest value in what matters most about life. Told with wit and a compelling narrative, I found it difficult to put down.

Finally, and perhaps the greatest compliment, I was sad to hear it end. The author did a wonderful job of completing the story, a story that deserved to be told. It is the historical account of an amazing but simple women. It is a story that deserves to be told...and heard.

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An Inspirational Remembrance

I have heard criticisms about this book as well as the movie, I heartedly disagree.

I dont think it’s an unrealistic memoir. ‘Tuff’ has painted a picture that is both flattering and unflattering. For those who have lived with fewer dollars in hand than the stack of unpaid bills -understand the struggle.

Tuff has a great way of telling her story in a relatable way. This is a story for all ages. I laughed and cried as if I was part of the family.

My compliments to the author, and narrator.

Thanks for remembering the lives that touched yours.

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READ. THIS. BOOK. !!!!!!!!

You will laugh, cry, be angry, be happy but most of all be inspired to live better and be better and be happier even in difficult circumstances.

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Great Book

Ive listened to this book numerous times as well as watching the movie. It is very inspirational and gives hope to the hopeless.

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Fun, Tragic, and Surprising!

Loved the trials and triumphs of this family!! What wonderful tales and a great memoir!

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Gem of a book!

Contesting was unknown to me. What a slice of history discovered through this well crafted gem! As a commuter, I have fallen in love with Audible but that means the narration has to also match my expectations. Both came together and I couldn’t stop listening! Exceptional performance and extraordinarily uplifting, positive story. What a woman. What a family.

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Great read!

This is a great true Story. Historical, up beat but real, and just plain fun.

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Loved this book!

This book was great!
I am sad it’s done.
And so is all the fun
Of reliving a slice of my childhood!

I learned a lot!
And feel inspired too.
With happy endings coming true
For the Ryan family of the Defiance neighborhood!

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Good 'slice of life' story

But too long. The first quarter or so was fascinating; the middle two quarters dragged, felt like just more of the same; but then the last quarter was engaging again. I don't regret listening to this book but definitely finished it only because I didn't want to "waste" my credit.