I think I should have read the synopsis a bit better before I started reading this book. LOL!
I was not expecting the story that I found between the pages.
It took me about three chapters to really get into it but confusion was a big part of that. I will tell you I was intrigued by the time I read through the second paragraph.
Not having been alive during that time myself, I can’t say with absolute certainty that the writing is accurate but it certainly rings true.
It was a bit of a difficult read for me actually – I am part Cherokee but that was never a problem for me. My problem was being poor.
My mother was determined to live in the best part of town that we could possibly afford and so we went to school with children who were firmly seated in upper middle class or lower upper class at the very most. And you can guess there were plenty of young girls who were happy to torment a big-boned girl who cared nothing for makeup or fashion and would rather bury her nose in a book while sitting high in a tree – than just about anything else.
And that is why I can say that the parts of this book that talk about bullying are very true to life. I sincerely hope that Linda S. Clare does not write from experience but you wouldn’t be able to tell if she didn’t. It’s very realistic.
The only complaint I have is about the change of POV (Point Of View). It changes a lot and it changes sometimes without any warning so it was a bit difficult to keep up with in places.
But all in all, well written and good handling of something that was a very difficult and dangerous time in our history.
A bit more about A Sky Without Stars from Abingdon Press:
Will the Lakota Star Quilt she is making help Frankie sew a new future of happiness?
Frankie Chasing Bear is caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she also thinks he will need to learn the white man’s ways to succeed. After the untimely death of her husband, Frankie joins the U.S. Government’s Relocation Program and moves to Arizona. There she begins sewing a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn, and prayed into it.
A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars, but neither the quilt—nor her new life—comes easily to Frankie. Nick Vandergriff, for instance, is the last man Frankie wants to trust. He’s half-Lakota but Christian, and Frankie can see no good coming from that faith after her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian school. Can Nick convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren’t all bad? And will Frankie learn that love is the most important ingredient—for her son’s quilt and life itself?
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