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Stars of Alabama
Stars of Alabama | Sean Dietrich
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Unlikely heroes form unlikely bonds in this poignant and redemptive new novel from Sean Dietrich. When two Depression-era migrant workers, Paul and Vern, find an abandoned baby in the woods, they take it upon themselves to care for the mysterious child. When fifteen-year-old Marigold, reviled by her family after an unwanted pregnancy, loses her baby in the forest, her whole world is painted black. Shes still fraught with despair when she discovers what seems to be a miraculous power within her. Coot, a child preacher on the Kansas plains, escapes the outfit thats been handling himand takes the collection plate full of money with him. As the years pass, these stories intertwine in surprising waysproving how ugly circumstances can produce beautiful people.
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CaitlinR
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You must read this book. What a novel; what a writer! If you enjoy Leif Enger or Kent Haruf, you‘ll love Dietrich.

Set during the dust bowl depression, Paul, Vern, Marigold, Maggie/Ruth, Pete, Reese, and for a time, Eulah form a blended family struggling to survive. Cooter, a child preacher finds father figures who help him survive abuse. Marigold, a true healer, crafts yet another family.

When they come together: Magic!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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robinb
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Set during the Great Depression, this story follows a hodgepodge of diverse characters (a 15 yo pregnant homeless girl, two men-one black, one white, who in wandering to find jobs also find and raise a “lost” baby, two itinerant preachers-one good, one not-so-good and a child preacher-on his own at 14). They follow disparate paths, searching for different things (jobs, food, a home, a family, love, acceptance) 🔽🔽

robinb but above all simply trying to survive through a dark period in history. And in surviving, their disparate paths lead to the same destination.

I wanted to like this more than I actually did, and I‘m not quite sure why I didn‘t. The writing was fine. I had some annoying moments when the narrative skipped over years, and I couldn‘t keep track of time/ages. 🔽🔽
5mo
robinb In the end, as a whole, I think it‘s just that I‘ve read better stories based both in the South and during this period. 3/5⭐️ Out 7/9
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robinb
Stars of Alabama | Sean Dietrich
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Up next, this one is listed as Small Town/Rural Fiction and Coming of Age Fiction on Amazon. I‘m 6% in on Kindle and have had my heart broken three times already. 😳🤪😱😔😔😔💔💔💔
Out 7/9

Haunting cover.

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Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻stacked 5mo
tammysue I agree with @Cathythoughts - stacking ;) 5mo
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