Finkbeiner has written an interesting novel of the Depression and Dust Bowl era. The harsh events of the time are seen through the eyes of Pearl, a ten year old . This book is a sequel to A Cup of Dust. (You can read my review of that book here.) While this book reads well on its own I would highly suggest A Cup of Dust be read before this one.
After a devastating tragedy, Pearl's family makes the long journey from Oklahoma to Michigan to start a new life. The location change does not alleviate the effects of the family tragedy and Pearl finds her life changed forever.
The first novel was a good one on the depression and its effect on family life. This novel centers more on a tragedy and how it changes the family. We are along with Pearl as she experiences unsettling events and the resulting pain. There is a little about Depression era experiences in Michigan but the novel is more a coming of age story.
Finkbeiner reveals in an afterward that this novel is a reflection of her own experiences visiting the southeastern Michigan farming community as a child, riding the tractor with her Grandmother Pearl's cousin. Her grandmother is long gone but memories remain, captured in part in this novel. I recommend it as a good coming of age story of the Depression era. Discussion Questions are included for use in a reading group.
You can find out more about the novel and read an excerpt here.
My rating: 4/5.
Susie Finkbeiner is a stay-at-home mom, speaker and author from West Michigan. She has been fiction editor for and regular contributor to the Burnside Writers Collective and to the Michigan Abolitionist Project's Unbound magazine. She is on the planning committee of the Breathe Christian Writers Conference, and has presented or led groups of other writers at several conferences. She blogs at www.susiefinkbeiner.com.
Kregel Publications, 310 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.