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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorna Landvik Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/9/2014

    " I really love this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lyn Barr | 2/8/2014

    " There are so many twists and turns to the story, and yet it's not hard to follow at all. I fell in love with the characters and was eager to find out what happened to them all. Some components of the story are heartwarming, while others are tragic. Very, very worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara Lynn | 2/4/2014

    " Violet has had it with her home life and hopped on a bus and has ended up in North Dakota. From there her life turns for the better. She goes on an adverture that she never would have dreamed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/2/2014

    " One of my favorite books, I loved it, loved it, loved it. Maybe I just haven't read enough books, but I feel I read a good many and I enjoyed this one a lot. I am tired to reading the same thing again and again, tired of knowing what the ending is before it happens. Usually I already know how it ends before it even hits the climax, but in this book I was utterly shocked and surprised. Her devotion to Kjel was something I hated, becauce I didn't like him to much, but I didn't like Austin very much either. But at the end, I loved all the characters for all they were. She is also one of the few female characters I don't find unbearably annoying. I usually find myself upset with main characters, and my expression is always very clear when reading books. And it was definately true in this one, so much I started to talk to my freinds about it so furiously they asked if Kjel and Violet went to our school. I actually have nothing bad to say about this book. It was wonderful, I'd re-read it and be happy, and I could barely tear my eyes from it. Definately a favorite. "

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