Oh My Stars
I am disgusted 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 anythin is going to change you into an angel food.
Tall, slender Violet Mathers is growing up in thi Great Depression, which migh just as well define her state of ind. Abandoned by her fathe as a child, mistreated by her friend, and teased by her schoolmates ( “ Hey, Olive Oyl, where ’ s Popeye? ”), the lonely girl finds solace in artistic pursuits. Only when she ’ s contacte by the own ’ 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.
Realising that she has nly one clear choice, Violet boards a bus heading west to California. But when the bus crashes in North Dakota, it proves that fate is having another cruel laugh at Violet ’ s xpense. This time though, Violet laughs back. She and her fellow passengers are rescued by two wome: 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 create the new ind of music together.
Oh My Stars is Lorna Landvik ’ s most ambitious novel yet, with th cast of characters whose travails and triumphs you ’ ll long remember. It is ale of love and ope, bigotry and betrayal, loss and discovery–as Violet, who ’ s stil considered herself a minor villai in her own life story, emerges as a heroine you ’ ll laugh with, cry with, and, most mportant, cheer for all the way.
Original Title of the Book
Oh My Stars
Published February 28th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005