Stars in the Grass
Stars in the Grass  -     By: Ann Stewart
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When tragedy tears her family apart, the idyllic world of 9-year-old Abby McAndrews is shaken. Her teenaged brother, Matt, starts acting out in dangerous ways. Full of guilt, Abby's pastor father refuses to move on, while her mother tries to hold an unraveling family together. Will their faith bring them through such a loss? 320 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1634099508
ISBN-13: 9781634099509

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"The summer before I turned ten was idyllic—until August 3, 1970.  It perfectly describes a time when I thought the world was safe and good things lasted forever..."

Christy Award Winner!

Nine-year-old Abby McAndrews has just experienced her greatest loss, and in its wake, her family is unraveling with guilt, grief, and anger. Her father, Reverend McAndrews, cannot return to the pulpit because he has more questions than answers. Her older brother Matt’s actions speak louder than the words he needs to confess, as he acts out in dangerous ways. Her mother tries to hold her grieving family together, but when Abby’s dad refuses to move on, the family is at a crossroads.
 
Stars in the Grass, set in a small Midwestern town in 1970, is an uplifting novel that explores a family’s relationships and resiliency. Abby’s heartbreaking remembrances are balanced by humor and nostalgia as her family struggles with—and ultimately celebrates—life after loss.

Author Bio

Ann Stewart and her husband, Will,  raise two daughters and a flock of sheep on their Virginia farm where fireflies light up the sky on warm summer nights. Music, theater, teaching, and an MA in Film and Television, propel Ann’s creative storytelling.

            Ann originated the series and wrote three of AMG’s Preparing My Heart books, and writes "Ann’s Lovin’ Ewe" for The Country Register, contributes to Mentoring Moments, and has written for Proverbs 31.

Editorial Reviews

"Ann Marie Stewart writes with immeasurable spirit as she probes the deep currents of faith and love. Abby McAndrews tells her compelling tale of family grief with truth and admirable humor. Stars in the Grass is a powerful novel that will light your way."
—Alyson Hagy, author of Boleto and Ghosts of Wyoming

"In this remarkable novel, Ann Marie Stewart explores the aftermath of tragedy with intelligence, grace, and subtle humor. Stars in the Grass is a story of great loss, but also of great hope. A beautiful, haunting tale, it is one I won’t soon forget.
—Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of Once Beyond a Time

"Stars in the Grass reminds us that even when we think God has forgotten us, we’re forever on His mind. Ann Marie Stewart’s writing is outstanding and her voice captivating. I fell in love with this intriguing novel from the first page."
—Bestselling novelist Kate Lloyd, author of Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish

"Ann Marie Stewart’s beautifully crafted prose depicts a family in deep turmoil as they walk through a dark valley. . . . Told in first-person narrative by nine-year-old Abby, Stewart gets her voice just right as a precocious child thrust into the world of grief. A thought-provoking and sensitive look into the different paths each family member travels in the aftermath of tragedy, the role of God and faith along the path, and the way time wraps its way around this family until they each can embrace the truth and move forward."
—Elizabeth Musser, bestselling author of The Long Highway Home and The Swan Hous

This sweet story will speak to readers who have experienced the loss of a loved one, especially a child. The use of flashbacks makes the telling a little awkward, as the story loses the emotional immediacy of the experience when told from an adult perspective, but Abby and her family offer a realistic look at how tragedy can tear a family apart from each other and God.

"Told through the persepective of nine-year old Abby, Stars in the Grass offers a realistic look at the heavy toll tragedies can inflict on families. No easy answers, but many glimpes of grace are expressed through the neighbors and friends who help the family begin their journey of healing."

Author/Artist Review

Author: Ann Marie Stewart
Located in: Virginia
Submitted: January 04, 2017

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I love to tell a story that makes people laugh or cry. One of the greatest stories I know is my grandparents' escape from Russia in 1929 when they had to leave behind a child in order to save their family. I look forward to completing this memoir. With a background in theater, music, education, and film, I enjoy incorporating other elements into my storytelling.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The plot for a writing assignment in graduate school came from one of my greatest fears: what if I lost a child? At the time I wasn't married and didn't have any children. What if the loss was painfully random and thus, caused characters to question themselves and God? Would it be possible to smile, to laugh, or to experience joy again? I could only hope.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Hope is the operative word. I hope that readers will not only laugh and cry, but find hope in whatever they are going through. To know that it's all right to question and to struggle with life. In the end, I would hope that they might find that when the world turns upside down, there may be some new way of seeing it.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Through great editors, my book club, and a writers group, I grew more as a writer than on any other project. I love to edit, revise, condense, and chop. I appreciated the opportunity to chisel away to the heart of the story.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Like many, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books. I love Scout and her narrative. I appreciate first-person and writers who capture a character with a strong voice. I also loved A Girl Named Zippy --- and appreciate the nostalgia of the 1970's.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  See the book trailer on my website. Barbour did a hauntingly beautiful job on it.

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