The Dollmaker by Harriette Arno
The demand for World War II munitions forces a backwoods Kentucky family to move to inner-city Detroit. As the pressures of the city mount, the family is held together by their amazing mother Gertie Nevells. Gertie’s dream is to purchase a farm and gather her family about her. However, it takes everything this powerful and compassionate matriarch (with a passion for wood sculpting and carrying on conversations with her daughter’s imaginary playmates) has to keep the family together and live by the rural values that have guided them for generations.