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  • Dust to Dust

    This was the third book I've read by James Markert. Although there was some "weird" things going on like in the other two books, I think this one made more sense in the long run. I had read other books on the dust bowl that hit the Midwest in the thirties, but this expanded it even more. Parts of the book were like Biblical plagues hitting the town of Nowwhere, Oklahoma. Interestingly from chapter one until the "epilogue" was only a week and a half. It seemed to span a much longer period of time than that. So much was covered in this short period of time. The author seems to base his books in small communities with an assortment of strange and unusual characters. This book was no exception. There was contention among them, then goodwill, then banning together for a common cause. Although I'm not personally fond of books with these strange and unusual occurrences, many will enjoy the escape from everyday reality for a while into a world of whimsical and strange circumstances. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild but was not required to write a review.

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  • A moving read

    What Blooms From Dust is set in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, in the middle of the catastrophic Dust Bowl. Dust Bowl was a period of natural disaster in the form of intense dust storms that hit several states. It claimed lives through suffocation and starvation since farming (crops and livestock) has become impossible due to low rainfall and unsuitable lands. Every episode of dust storm piled dirt and dust onto people’s houses. As readers can expect, a great part of the book is quite depressing. The whole set came alive through James Markert’s effective writing. The author couldn’t have picked a better historical setting for his message. That’s where the theme of this book is important. The author delivers the message that there is hope even when the Earth itself seems adamant in burying you alive. This hope can come from the unlikeliest sources, too. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own and are based on the uncorrected reader’s proof version.

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