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ISBN13: 9780345468369
ISBN10: 0345468368
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1. Oh My Stars begins in highly unusual fashion, describing Violets horrible accident in the opening passages. Why might an author introduce a character this way? What sort of tone does it establish for the novel?

2. Consider the books portrayal of Depression-era America. Why has the author selected this particular time and place for her story? How does the setting complement the action?

3. Music-making is one of the central dramatic tropes in Oh My Stars. What is the thematic significance of music for these characters? How, if at all, is musical expression preferable to the spoken or written word?

4. Violet longs for recognition: Even when jerking her arm from industrial equipment, she thinks of the birthday party she ought to be enjoying instead. What different kinds of attention does she seek from others? How are her expectations fulfilled or disappointed? Ultimately, does anyone "see the whole Violet"?

5. Violet explicitly weighs in on the nature-vs.-nurture debate in chapter 5. What are your views on this issue? Is the cake in fact already baked at birth?

6. Various sorts of families appear throughout the story: the Hedstrom clan, Violet and her father, the band. What defines a family? What are its obligations, and what determines its success?

7. Despite its subject matter and the bleak circumstances of its setting, Oh My Stars maintains a relatively upbeat tone. Would you describe the book as funny? How does the author use humor? How do the characters use it? Does humor represent a solution to problems, or merely a diversion from them?

8. The narrative employs a flashback structure, braiding the events of the Depression with more recent commentary. Why did the author choose this technique? How do you think it contributes to the story? Do you feel Violets perspective (as pre­sented in the italicized paragraphs that introduce each chapter) enhances your own understanding of the events she describes?

9. Throughout the book, certain events and adversities change the course of Violets life. Do these events shape her personality, or does her personality influence how she reacts to them? What about Kjel? Austin? Which characters are the most impressionable? Which are the most indomitable?

10. The characters in Oh My Stars are, by and large, a celebratory group. What does the book celebrate? Does the author, in her narrative, impart any lessons distinct from the messages Violet shares?

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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

Landvik, Lorna
Ballantine Books
Historical fiction
Musical fiction.
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
fiction;north dakota;music;chick lit;minnesota
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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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