Oh My Stars

Oh My Stars

A Novel

Book - 2005
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I am convinced that at birth the cake is already baked. Nurture is the nuts or frosting, but if you're a spice cake, you're a spice cake, and nothing is going to change you into an angel food.

Tall, slender Violet Mathers is growing up in the Great Depression, which could just as well define her state of mind. Abandoned by her mother as a child, mistreated by her father, and teased by her schoolmates ("Hey, Olive Oyl, where's Popeye?"), the lonely girl finds solace in artistic pursuits. Only when she's hired by the town's sole feminist to work the night shift in the local thread factory does Violet come into her name, and bloom. Accepted by her co-workers, the teenager enters the happiest phase of her life, until a terrible accident causes her to retreat once again into her lonely shell.

Realizing that she has only one clear choice, Violet boards a bus heading west to California. But when the bus crashes in North Dakota, it seems that Fate is having another cruel laugh at Violet's expense. This time though, Violet laughs back. She and her fellow passengers are rescued by two men: Austin Sykes, whom Violet is certain is the blackest man to ever set foot on the North Dakota prairie, and Kjel Hedstrom, who inspires feelings Violet never before has felt. Kjel and Austin are musicians whose sound is like no other, and with pluck, verve, and wit, Violet becomes part of their quest to make a new kind of music together.

Oh My Stars is Lorna Landvik's most ambitious novel yet, with a cast of characters whose travails and triumphs you'll long remember. It is a tale of love and hope, bigotry and betrayal, loss and discovery-as Violet, who's always considered herself a minor character in her own life story, emerges as a heroine you'll laugh with, cry with, and, most important, cheer for all the way.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780345472311
0345472314
Branch Call Number: FIC LAN
Characteristics: x, 389 p. ; 25 cm

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GwenChris Feb 16, 2016

This is a heart-warming story of hardships overcome, scarrred emotions softening and the adventure that life can be when you open your mind and heart to the its possibilities. It's about love and friendship, acceptance and brotherhood, changing adversity into acceptance ... and is a really great read. Lorna Landvik always creates fabulous characters you can't help but enjoy, learn from and root for!

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lpreston214
Mar 19, 2012

Good book about Violet, a misfit teenage girl during the 1930s who hooks up with a trio of musicians. Brothers Austin and Dallas and Nodak farmboy-hunk Kjel are a sensation in small clubs and roadhouses in the midwest and south. All that happens to them on the road and the years after are vintage Landvik. Bad stuff happens but some pretty good stuff also. To anticipate the bad and fear it, interferes with enjoyment of the good. Love life, it's short but glorious.

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