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Fiction Pick

May 28, 2021
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Angela Jackson-Brown’s When Stars Rain Down is a haunting and remarkably relevant novel set in 1930s Georgia.

The book takes an unflinching look at racial strife in a small, post-Reconstruction Southern community that has been set upon by the Ku Klux Klan. In the midst of this horror, a young housekeeper named Opal finds herself torn between two romantic interests, harboring a deep desire to be young and carefree in a world that is anything but.

“Angela Jackson-Brown interrogates race, love, and family with empathy and style, making her an author you will want to read again and again,” notes Crystal Wilkinson, author of The Birds of Opulence. “This tale of America’s tragic past is both compelling and cinematic as the Pruitt and Ketchum families struggle in the mire of racism in the 1930s. It’s a moving novel that boldly illuminates the past but also speaks directly to today’s politics and the power of faith.”

Says Southernmost author Silas House, “When Stars Rain Down is so powerful, timely, and compelling that sometimes I found myself holding my breath while reading it. Rarely have I been so attached to characters and felt so transported to a time and place. This is an important and beautiful must-read of a novel.”

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