Friday, November 13, 2015

A Cup Of Dust ~ Susie Finkbeiner

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (October 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443886

Where you come from isn't who you are
Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff's family, they've got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They're who the town turns to when there's a crisis or a need―and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.
Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother's unshakable belief in a God who Pearl just isn't sure she likes.
Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he's really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won't be the only thing darkening Pearl's world.
While the tone is suspenseful and often poignant, the subtle humor of Pearl's voice keeps A Cup of Dust from becoming heavy-handed. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart.

My take on this book:
If you are looking to read a story that will draw you in, touch your heart and leave you feeling like you actually stepped back in time then A Cup Of Dust is for you. This story takes readers back to the Dust Bowl introducing us to ten year old Pearl Spence and her family. This story is told with such clarity that it was easy to imagine being there. Ms. Finkbeiner creates characters that are easy to bond with, especially the main character Pearl. I couldn't wait to learn what her story was, and the author provided a few twists that were heart touching. Anyone interested in reading about the Dust Bowl should read this one, but honestly this is just a great story that allows us to witness the coming of age of a young girl during a difficult time in history.Ms Finkbeiner is a new to me author but this work left me wanting to read more from her. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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