“A Sky without Stars” by Linda Clare, Quilts of Love series
“A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars,” is a quote from Frankie Chasing Bear’s wise grandmother. She learned to quilt from her grandmother and is determined to make a quilt for her son Harold. But life is hard for this Lakota mother in the 1950’s. Frankie and Harold join the US Government’s relocation program and move to Arizona, hoping for a better life. But is it to be?
In Arizona they are met with more hardships and problems. Frankie enrolls Harold in the Indian school, and attends herself to complete her high school diploma. But there are others in town who just want the Indians gone. Through it all, Frankie keeps her eye on the goal of making a better life for Harold. She finds peace and comfort in the process of making Harold’s quilt.
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and the characters were well developed. I was saddened by the way our government and citizens treated the Native Americans. Good book in the Quilts of Love series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Abingdon Press (February 18, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda S. Clare is an
award-winning author and coauthor of several books and has also
published many essays, stories, and poems in publications, including The
Christian Reader, The Denver Post, and The
Philadelphia Inquirer. Her most recent book is A
Sky without Stars, the newest release in Abingdon’s Quilts of
Love line. Born in Arizona, Linda and her husband now make their home
in Eugene, Oregon, where Linda has taught college-level creative
writing classes, and writes, edits, and mentors other writers. She also
is a frequent writing conference presenter, a church retreat leader,
and mom to four grown children and five wayward cats.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Frankie Chasing Bear is caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she also thinks he will need to learn the white man’s ways to succeed. After the untimely death of her husband, Frankie joins the U.S. Government’s Relocation Program and moves to Arizona. There she begins sewing a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn, and prayed into it.
A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars, but neither the quilt—nor her new life—comes easily to Frankie. Nick Vandergriff, for instance, is the last man Frankie wants to trust. He’s half-Lakota but Christian, and Frankie can see no good coming from that faith after her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian school. Can Nick convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren’t all bad? And will Frankie learn that love is the most important ingredient—for her son’s quilt and life itself?