Friday, November 13, 2015

A Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner (Book Review)

A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl

by Susie Finkbeiner

(received in exchange for an honest review)

A Cup of Dust

Genre- Fiction / Christian / Historical

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 318

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4388-6

In 1934, in Red River, Oklahoma, ten-year-old Pearl is experiencing what it is like to live during the Dust Bowl.    Pearl doesn’t understand what is happening during this time, but she does know that her family helps many people during this crisis, and her family loves her.

There are a lot of transient people around Red River at this time.  Eddie is one of those people.  He scares Pearl and begins to disrupt her family.  What is she to do?  What is her family going to do?

About the Author-

Susie Finkbeiner is currently from Michigan.  She is a blogger, stay-at-home mom, author, and speaker.

My thoughts-

I liked the cover.  There is a very light rainbow that speaks towards God’s promise in the storm of the dust bowl and life, which Pearl and her town desperately need.

Susie Finkbeiner did an excellent job with the description of the town and era.  She talked about the amount of dust, hobos, tent revivals, people moving west, and more.  She also showed all of the tension, poverty, and psychological problems that happened in the town.

I know Pastor Ezra Anderson and his wife, Mad Mabel, were secondary characters, but I would have liked to know a bit more about her.  She had such an interesting name, that I was intrigued.

Even though the main character is a ten-year-old girl, this is a book for adults only.  There are far too many adult themes, like prostitution and murder.

I liked the discussion questions.  I appreciated the afterword.  I now want to read The Grapes of Wrath and learn more about the Dust Bowl. 

I homeschool my children, so this book has given me ideas for resources for my children.  I might use this book when they are seniors in high school.

I recommend this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received A Cup of Dust, by Susie Finkbeiner, for free from Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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