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ISBN13: 9780345468369
ISBN10: 0345468368
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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.

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"Violet is an endearing character, one of Landvik's most captivating to date, and she masterfully infuses joy and admiration in this inspirational feel-good trip through one daring young woman's exceptional life." Booklist

Synopsis:

Now in paperback--Landvik's insightful, highly entertaining novels, in which a dreary bus accident in rainy North Dakota during the Great Depression proves to be the beginning of a marvelous life-transforming journey.

About the Author

Lorna Landvik is an actor and comedian who has written and produced plays in which she also performs. The author of five previous novels, she is married and the mother of two daughters.

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emmejo, August 30, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Violet has three remarkable talents: she can draw, she has an eye for design and she can sew amazing clothes from scraps and leftovers. She would love to become a fashion designer, but in her small, Depression-Era town the closest she can get is working in a thread factory. When she is in an accident and loses her dominant hand, her life seems over. She can do none of the few things that made her life bearable, so she decides to become the second person to throw themselves off the Golden Gate Bridge. She gets on a bus, but her bad luck seems to follow and she is stranded in another little town, where she meets a pair of musicians who just might give her a reason to live.

Although the beginning of the book was a little trite, it quickly became an amazing book, one of the best I've read in a while. The writing is exceptionally smooth and beautiful, making for an almost effortless read. The characters felt real and solid, and their interactions genuine. The plot was quick-moving but not rushed. Violet is an inspirational heroine, while remaining far from perfect. The ending was a bit muddled, but the few slight flaws didn't detract significantly from the whole story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345468369
Author:
Landvik, Lorna
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Depressions
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
fiction;north dakota;music;chick lit;minnesota
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.83 in 0.95 lb

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Product details 416 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345468369 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Violet is an endearing character, one of Landvik's most captivating to date, and she masterfully infuses joy and admiration in this inspirational feel-good trip through one daring young woman's exceptional life."
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback--Landvik's insightful, highly entertaining novels, in which a dreary bus accident in rainy North Dakota during the Great Depression proves to be the beginning of a marvelous life-transforming journey.
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