Book Review: “A Cup Of Dust” by Susie Finkbeiner

November 13, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Susie Finkbeiner in her new book, “A Cup Of Dust book coverA Cup Of Dust” published by Kregel Publications gives us a Novel of the Dust Bowl.

From the back cover:   Where you come from isn’t who you are

Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff’s family, they’ve got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They’re who the town turns to when there’s a crisis or a need―and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.

Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother’s unshakable belief in a God who Pearl just isn’t sure she likes.

Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he’s really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won’t be the only thing darkening Pearl’s world.

While the tone is suspenseful and often poignant, the subtle humor of Pearl’s voice keeps A Cup of Dust from becoming heavy-handed. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart.

Welcome to 1934 Red River, Oklahoma in the midst of the Dust Bowl. This is a time of history and section of the country that very few novels have tackled. Why do you think? I, for one, think it is because it is not easy.  This is a coming of age story seen through the eyes of ten-year-old Pearl. There are moments of sweetness, there are moments of great fun and there are moments of tension, especially after the stranger comes to town.  Ms. Finkbeiner is highly talented and keeps the story moving at a very high level of quality. Pearl and all the other people of Red River are well drawn and interesting characters. Then there is the theme of the dust storms that can cloud the sky and what happens when the stranger comes unearthing the secrets that surround Pearl. Not only will this book keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read them it will also have you asking all kinds of questions. Well d   one!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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