Everyone in Timber Falls knows that his family
is trash, and sometimes Harry White thinks he’ll always be trash. But he can’t
help getting angry. After all, what had he and his sister, Helen, ever done to
anybody? When he discovers the local carpet factory is polluting the river, he
comes up with a bold exposé that, if he is successful, will make people sit up
and show him respect. He wants to do it alone even though he knows he’s asking
for trouble. As trash, Harry’s got nothing to lose. Or does he?
disturbing, and exhilarating, When the Stars Begin to Fall reveals the
hidden forces that conspire against well-meaning innocents. Harry’s desire to
change himself and society is so powerful, his voice so direct and real, that
listeners won’t forget his struggle for dignity. In this striking departure
from the historical novels he is so well known for, James Lincoln Collier has
written a powerful—even shocking—novel that challenges and defies the rhetoric
of contemporary America.
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“The compassion found in Collier’s award-winning
historical fiction carries this story through the betrayals and terrible truths
of Harry’s life. Readers will be angered by Harry’s treatment at the hands of
others, as well as enlightened by his intelligence, which comes shining