The Lost History of Stars

The Lost History of Stars

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie's father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions. Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Algonquin Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781616207144
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bol
Characteristics: 1 online resource (352 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Jul 08, 2017

Interesting plot but very poor in the execution. A middle-aged male American writer, the author fails to get into the head of a young Afrikaans girl. Talk about cultural appropriation! Plus Afrikaners did not call a British solder a Tommy. They were more likely to call him a khaki. This glaring error was enough to jerk me out of the world he was trying to portray. And it didn't help that his writing is very uneven. Yes, I did try to read further but when he writes that after the family is put into the concentration camp, Lettie tells herself that she has "no choice but to adapt and to do so in a manner befitting the mature, thirteen-year-old adult" she'd become, I couldn't force myself to read anymore.

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