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Oh My Stars - A Novel

Lorna Landvik

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Judith Ivey

Length:

4h 57m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:44