Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oh My Stars - Lorna Landvik

I was traveling last week and picked this up at the John C. Campbell folk school in their circulating box.

A young girl whose mother deserts her and whose father despises her for it, loses a part of herself and sets off to find an even better part.

Set in the 1930's and 40's Violet Mathers has no self confidence, understandably so.  She meets a guileless young man, Kjels, who gets her involved in his band as their manager with his friend Austin, a black guitar player and Austin's brother, Dallas.  their lives and story are introduced as reminisces by Violet and then told as they unfolded.

I liked the style of writing and the gentle, heartfelt story that dealt with life's sorrows and triumphs equally.  The contrast of Violet's dysfunctional family background and the loving, caring family of Kjels explores how people can become bitter or be loving.  Highly recommended.

Published: 2005   Read: April 2013  Genre: Fiction

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