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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 heavyhanded. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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RachelGender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Not my Favorite readJuly 23, 2016RachelGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I had so many different feelings while reading it. I was very interested when I first started reading but I found myself getting a little bit bored about half way through the book. I think this was due to the fact that I had figured out the "secret" in the book and was mainly reading to find out if I was right. I really feel like the book could have been quite a bit shorter and still got the authors point across.
The book is written from the point of view of a 10 year old little girl. Making it seem very simple and hard to read at times. I loved the setting of the story. The characters of Millard and Grandma were my favorite. I did like the way the book ended. The caracters did seem very real. I myself couldn't imagine havng to live during the dust bowl.
While this book wasn't my favorite I would still say if you like this era or subject then give this book a try.
I received this book from TBCN and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. a positive review was not required.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Cup of DustJuly 4, 2016jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Cup of Dust is an engaging tale by Susie Finkbeiner. Through the eyes of a sweet, ten-year-old girl, Pearl, the reader experiences the harsh life of the Dust Bowl in the 30s in Oklahoma. Her fathers job as town sheriff allows her to know the very real struggles and hardship of people there. Poverty and hopelessness bring out the worst, and sometimes the best, in those trying to survive.
Pearl is secure and safe in her family and life until the day a mysterious stranger arrives and brings confusion and pain into their midst. From their first encounter this stranger knows her name and hints at things he knows about her. Scared and intimidated by him, Pearl at first keeps this from her family, especially when those close to her seem to show sympathy to him.
I recommend this poignant story that shows a dark and difficult time in our countrys history. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Cup of DustMay 18, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This is a rather dark book. A book set during the dust bowl days (mid 1930's) in Oklahoma isn't very cheery. However, A Cup of Dust is very well written. Told by a ten year old child, Pearl, we learn of the struggles of living in a town in the midst of a serious drought and dust storms. Issues from the past play a large part of the story of Pearl's family. Even in the midst of this terrible hardship and the danger Pearl and her family faced, it was evident that God loved them, would take care of them, and that she was very much loved by her family. This isn't a light read, but it is an important one. I recommend it.
Sharon M5 Stars Out Of 5A Cup Of Dust: A Novel Of The Dust BowlMarch 24, 2016Sharon MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Good book, interesting story and details gave me a desire to learn more about that period of time. I had no idea of the struggles of living in that constant dirt. Never realized how depressing it could me.
loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Work!March 17, 2016loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Cup of Dust was an excellent work of historical fiction. It covers the life in Oklahoma during the dust storms so realistically.
The characters became a part of your family. It was one of those books that are hard to put down. It is full of love, family, death, disease, hardships, fear, crisis and sadness.
I received the Book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.