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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: Judith Ivey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Randy | 2/20/2014

    " I picked this book up at a garage sale and I am glad I did. It was very good. Tells the story of a 4 kids who come from different backgrounds and become great friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marilyn | 2/13/2014

    " Charming, funny, and sad all in one. I like it, but Landvik's Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons is a better read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 1/27/2014

    " This is a charming, heartwarming novel! There is humor, poignancy, darkness and a hopeful tone. Violet's home life is told in such a way that you feel as though you are living her experiences with her. The things she goes through are quite sad and you feel compassion for her, but this novel isnt depressing. It is filled with hope. Kjel, Austin and Dallas are great characters as well.The backdrop of the late 1930s is told in a wonderful manner.I loved the author's descriptions of the era and the different areas the band traveled and performed. She is right on the mark when she addresses race issues and segregation.She is a very talented author and I will give her other books a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 1/19/2014

    " This book captivated me. It is about a poor, sad, abandoned young woman who finds love and family in unexpected places. The setting is during the Great Depression. The book touches on economy, war, racial tensions, feminism, and the stigma that is attached to a woman who is plain or different. Landvik writes so well that her novel is hard to put down. This book has some feel-good elements but it is not a feel-good book overall. It adds a certain romance to a time that was not very romantic. It has death and disease and hate and crime but it also has life and light and hope and joy. It's one of the best books I've read this year. "

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