by: Sean Dietrich
Published by:Thomas Nelson
Genres:Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction
With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South—weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope.
One child preacher traveling across the plains.
One young woman with a mysterious touch.
Two old friends, their baby, and their bloodhound.
And all the stars that shine above them.
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.
‘The Stars of Alabama’ tells the story of multiple characters struggling to survive in the south amid the Great Depression. The stories of various unrelated characters come together to form a beautiful tale of survival and love.
I really love Southern Fiction. It, along with historical fiction, is by far my favorite genre. When the two come together they are always a must-read for me. Sean Dietrich is known for his southern persona and storytelling and this story did not disappoint.
This book has all the things I love, a gritty struggle to make ends meet, strong but endearing characters, all set among the historical south.
I loved Vern and Paul’s story the most. To me, they were the most likable and had the most interesting personalities. I didn’t really connect with Marigold’s character and I really didn’t care much for the supernatural part of her story. I feel like if we had gotten to know her backstory more and how she became a homeless pregnant teen, she would have been a more fleshed-out character.
I was also not a big fan of the ending. I would like to have had more of the loose ends tied up and less ambiguity. I did enjoy the book. I just felt it was lacking something.
This is one of those books that really make you appreciate the things that we have today and appreciate those that came before us. It also brings home the fact that life experiences are more important than having things and happiness is not always in what we can acquire.
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