Synopsis from the publisher:
Where you come from isn't who you are.
Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff's family, they've got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They're who the town turns to when there's a crisis or a need―and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.
Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother's unshakable belief in a God who Pearl just isn't sure she likes.
Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he's really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won't be the only thing darkening Pearl's world.
While the tone is suspenseful and often poignant, the subtle humor of Pearl's voice keeps A Cup of Dust from becoming heavy-handed. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart.
A Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner is a gripping and captivating novel. The story is very well researched and the agony of those who lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930's and through the great depression is brought to life with this story. One word to describe this novel? Heart wrenching!
There is some violence within this story and while it was necessary to the plot and addressed by the author with sincere sensitivity, I wanted to give you all a heads up about this. The heaviness of this story is balanced with intermittent lighter moments and the suspense of the book kept me reading it.
While A Cup of Dust is not a book that I would call "light reading", it's story is one that will stay with you for a long, long time. Well worth the reading!
Thank you to Kregel Publishing for the free book in exchange for an honest review.