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The Blue Star

Tony Earley.
Publisher Back Bay  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780316008051
Pages/Publication Date 286/2008
Daedalus Item Code 21310
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In this sequel to Tony Earley's Jim the Boy, young Jim is now a high school senior in his little North Carolina town in 1941, still at home with his mother and three uncles. He has fallen in love with Chrissie Steppe, the half–Native American daughter of his Uncle Zeno's true love Nancy. But Chrissie is supposed to be the girlfriend of her landlord's son Bucky, now serving in the navy at Pearl Harbor, and through her Jim begins to sense a gathering darkness in the much larger world he is about to enter. "I galloped through the novel and relished every page," wrote Scott Turow in the New York Times Book Review. "Earley's simple prose is always informed by Jim's good heart.... The Blue Star, like its hero, is irresistible."

"When Jim the Boy was published in 2000 ... [reviewers] praised it for its realistic, understated depiction of an earlier way of life. The Blue Star, which neither idealizes nor condemns this past world, is a worthy sequel—a sort of children's book for adults. The New York Times Book Review even suggested that its appeal may have to do with 9/11, after which 'Americans [showed] an appetite for simple tales told with becoming directness.' Certainly, The Blue Star contains no postmodern flourishes; nor does it delve very deeply into its complex themes of class, sex, race, and patriotism. Still, Tony Earley, an English professor at Vanderbilt University, adeptly captures character, landscape, and emotion in seemingly simple, alluring prose.... The Blue Star succeeds, overall, as a sensitive coming-of-age story. And with Jim's adult fate undetermined, readers can look forward to seeing more of him."—Bookmarks Magazine

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