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|Title: Stars in the Grass|
By: Ann Marie Stewart
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW099509
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 Matts 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 Abbys 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 familys relationships and resiliency. Abbys heartbreaking remembrances are balanced by humor and nostalgia as her family struggles withand ultimately celebrateslife after loss.
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 Anns creative storytelling.
Ann originated the series and wrote three of AMGs Preparing My Heart books, and writes "Anns Lovin Ewe" for The Country Register, contributes to Mentoring Moments, and has written for Proverbs 31.
Alyson Hagy, author of Boleto and Ghosts of Wyoming
Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of Once Beyond a Time
Bestselling novelist Kate Lloyd, author of Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish
Elizabeth Musser, bestselling author of The Long Highway Home and The Swan Hous
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.