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Oh my stars : a novel
Lorna Landvik
Adult Fiction LANDVIK

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The author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons cooks up a novel of hard-won luck and the wonder of reaping blessing from calamity. It's 1937, and shy, homely, 18-year-old Violet Mathers-battered by a mother's desertion, a father's contempt and an accident that cost her her arm-has decided to travel from her Kentucky hometown to the Golden Gate Bridge, from which she plans to jump. But when her bus is totaled in North Dakota, she's put up by a warm local family, whose heartthrob son, Kjel, dreams of musical stardom with his black friend Austin, a guitar virtuoso. Pitying Violet, Kjel ropes her into a journey to retrieve Austin's brother, Dallas, a sullen but musically gifted ex-con. By happy accident, the three men fill in for a no-show band at a carnival, enthralling the first of many crowds. As the Pearltones, they soon inspire a mania of Elvis-like proportions, and Violet blooms in their company and proves a savvy manager. Landvik cuts her light, sweet prose with dashes of wryness and pinches of reality: appalled stares, clenched fists and even a burning cross greet the band as they make their way South, while bad apples threaten it from within. Landvik strings the escapades into a playful and poignant narrative, even as a backdrop of Ku Klux Klan violence and Depression-era hardship keeps the fairy tale in check. Agent, Suzanne Gluck. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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At the dawn of rock'n'roll, a down-and-out woman falls for a budding musician. With a ten-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Violet Mathers
Female
Age: 18
Shy
Homely; mother abandoned the family; her father hates her; had an accident that cost her an arm; travels from her Kentucky hometown to the Golden Gate Bridge which she plans on jumping off; her bus gets totaled in North Daokta and a family takes her in; goes with Kjel to find the third memner of his band; becomes the band's manager once they hit it off.
Manager

Kjel
male
Son of the family that takes Violet in; dreams of musical stardom; wants to start a band; ropes Violet into a journey to find Dallas, a musically gifted ex-con; they form the Pearltones and soon inspire a mania.
Rock star



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