Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner



Pearl Spence has finally settled into a routine in Bliss, Michigan, far from her home in Red River, Oklahoma. Like all the other kids, she goes to school each day, plays in the woods, and does her chores. But there's one big difference: Mama is still gone, and doesn't seem to have a thought for the family she's left behind.

Escaping from her worries is another part of Pearl's new routine, whether that's running to Aunt Carrie's farm, listening to the radio with Ray, or losing herself in a book. In fact, a chair in the stacks, surrounded by books, might be her favorite place on earth--until she discovers swing dancing. The music transports Pearl to a whole other world.

When Mama unexpectedly returns, it isn't the happy occasion Pearl had imagined. Mama is distant and Pearl can't figure out how to please her. And the horrible way she treats Daddy is more than Pearl can bear. Seems life would be better if Mama would just stay away.

Finkbeiner's portrayal of both tragedy and everyday life in times of great change is charged with a raw beauty that will haunt readers. Fans of the two prior Pearl Spence novels won't be disappointed! 


I took my time in savoring this wonderful novel by Susie Finkbiner. 
I didn't want to say goodbye to Pearlie as her daddy's nickname stuck in my mind. Just like Half Pint as Pa called Laura.
I've mentioned that my grandparents lived through the Dust Bowls years but they've never really talked about the Depression other than it was hard. 
I've always wondered what life might've been like for them so began to imagine it through Pearl's eyes. 
My grandpa was the storyteller in our family. I loved hearing them!!! ( Even though they never stayed the same!) lol!! I think it's what made them special. 
Susie Finkbiner is a wonderful story teller who can blend everything in very nicely and make you think that you are in the same room with Pearl and her family. 
I've learned some things the hard way like Pearl has. It's one of the reasons I fell in love with Pearl. 
Pearl to me is a very special person and I hate saying goodbye to her but I can always go visit her when I reread her story. If you liked Pearls story I'd recommend rereading all three books again!! I know I will because that's how much I enjoyed Susie's stories!!! I hope there is more coming!! She's fast becoming my favorite!! 


Susie Finkbeiner

Susie Finkbeiner is the bestselling author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl (Kregel, 2015) and A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (Kregel, 2017) and A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era as well as My Mother's Chamomile (WhiteFire, 2014) and Paint Chips (WhiteFire, 2013). 

Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write.

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