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Fireflies in December | [Jennifer Erin Valent]

Fireflies in December

This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia. When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.
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Publisher's Summary

This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia.

When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.

©2008 Jennifer Erin Valent; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan." (Booklist)

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    Gail richboro, pa, United States 01-21-13
    Gail richboro, pa, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly interesting"
    Where does Fireflies in December rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the second 20%. There were a few I really loved and this would be right behind those. Definitely would recommend


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perseverance of the family


    Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this was my first - she was excellent!


    If you could take any character from Fireflies in December out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Otis - just wasn't as well developed


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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-28-12
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Audie for Inspirational/Faith based but not"

    overtly preachy. Reads a bit like "Cold Sassy Tree" or the "Education of Little Tree" and felt more like reading a Newberry teen book rather than an adult novel. There are a couple internal inconsistancies in the book, few rough spots in the dialog and I had to suspend my disbelief a couple of times where the plot and situation felt forced. However, for a first novel this is fantastic. I enjoyed the 1932 Southern setting, coming of age theme and strong family values. Good narration.

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    Laura Brookfield, MO, United States 03-29-12
    Laura Brookfield, MO, United States 03-29-12

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    "I'll Never Look @ Fireflies The Same"
    What did you love best about Fireflies in December?

    It's truthfulness. That's also what I hated about it!


    What other book might you compare Fireflies in December to and why?

    The Help perhaps because of the racial story line.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    If you could take any character from Fireflies in December out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I can't remember her name but the woman who took the two girls into town for lunch. Why, because she is brave.


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