Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich is an Adult Historical Fiction set during the Great Depression.
“From Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South—comes a poignant tale of the stars that shine all around us . . . if only we’re willing to look.
When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, Marigold 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 untraditional family finds their 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 amid the dust storms still raging 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, their stories intertwine in surprising ways. With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope—reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.“
If you love reading American Historical Fiction, this book will sure to surprise you.
It’s a story of multiple POVs that slowly come together in the Deep South. There are bonds, struggles, hope, and twists that encompass the time period well. The dialogue brings you into their world and won’t let you go.
I enjoyed reading this book as it was a well-written historical piece. I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. While it was slower to read, I felt like it complimented the plot well.
I recommend this journey for readers who like old-fashioned, American stories with a Southern twist.
Published: 9 July 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
How I Read It: ARC from TLC Book Tours
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