Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When fifteen-year-old Marigold becomes pregnant amid the Great Depression, she is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying—and something of a local legend.
Meanwhile, migrant workers Vern and Paul discover a violet-eyed baby and take it upon themselves to care for her. The men soon pair up with a widow and her two children, and the misfit family finds its way in fits and starts toward taking care of each other.
As survival brings one family together, a young boy finds himself with nary a friend to his name as the dust storms rage across Kansas. Fourteen-year-old Coot, a child preacher with a prodigy’s memory, is on the run with thousands of stolen dollars—and the only thing he’s sure of is that Mobile, Alabama, is his destination.
As the years pass and a world war looms, these stories intertwine in surprising ways, reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.
This book has been a fun distraction from real life. It’s filled with some big personalities, a road trip through the south, and some social issues. Also? Short chapters. The pages fly by.
This is one of those books where you get a sufficient amount of info about the plot from the synopsis, and further discussion of it will only end up ruining all of the surprises for you. If learning as much about the plot before you start is your jam, have at it, but my advice is to go into it with just what you’ve read above and let the characters introduce themselves to you as they head out on their adventures.
Regarding those big personalities: I loved getting such a full experience of what life was like for these characters. These loud, vibrant voices, though not always pleasant or easy to stomach, really gave me a solid grasp on what each of them was bringing to the table. It also helped bring this story to life. I had such vivid images of these people as I read, and I love an author’s ability to create that in my mind.
On a personal level, I’ve always been interested in the depression era and the dust bowl. Dietrich put me smack dab in the middle of all of it, and I feel like it added to my minimal knowledge of that time and what life was like. And it fueled my desire to read more stories set in this time and place.
Have you read Stars of Alabama? Or any of Dietrich’s other books? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Book stats: Hardcover, 352 pages, Thomas Nelson, July 9, 2019
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