2017 Christy Award Winner: Debut Novel
STARS IN THE GRASS
ABOUT THE BOOK
Abby McAndrews’ first family vacation in August of 1970 goes from idyllic to tragic when an unexplainable accident takes the life of her younger brother. The consequences reverberate as her family unravels with grief, guilt, and anger.
Her father Reverend McAndrews cannot return to the pulpit because he has more questions than answers. Her older brother Matt is convinced he should have died instead and his dangerous actions may be self-fulfilling prophecy. Her mother Renee shows a newfound strength as she tries to pull the family back together. But when her dad cannot move on, her mother moves out, leaving Abby desperately seeking a way go on even if her family cannot.
Stars in the Grass is a story of relationships, the resiliency of family and about whether it’s safe to hope again when life seems fragile and unpredictable. Abby’s heartbreaking remembrances are balanced by humor and nostalgia as her family struggles with—and ultimately celebrates—life after loss.