STARS of ALABAMA by Sean Dietrich – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway



With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich’s novel, STARS of Alabama (ThomasNelson) weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope.

One child preacher traveling across the plains.

One young woman with a mysterious touch.

Two old friends, their baby, and their bloodhound.

And all the stars that shine above them.

When fifteen-year-old Marigold becomes pregnant amid the Great Depression, she is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying—and something of a local legend.

Meanwhile, migrant workers Vern and Paul discover a violet-eyed baby and take it upon themselves to care for her. The men soon pair up with a widow and her two children, and the misfit family finds its way in fits and starts toward taking care of each other.

As survival brings one family together, a young boy finds himself with nary a friend to his name as the dust storms rage across Kansas. Fourteen-year-old Coot, a child preacher with a prodigy’s memory, is on the run with thousands of stolen dollars—and the only thing he’s sure of is that Mobile, Alabama, is his destination.

As the years pass and a world war looms, these stories intertwine in surprising ways, reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.



Sean Dietrich is a columnist, novelist, and radio show host, known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, The Tallahassee Democrat, Good Grit, South Magazine, Alabama Living, the Birmingham News, Thom Magazine, The Mobile Press Register, and he has authored seven books.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about the best drama you’ve read recently. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

33 thoughts on “STARS of ALABAMA by Sean Dietrich – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

  1. I cannot think of a book that I’ve read recently that would actually be classified as a drama. This book sounds really good, though, and I’d love to read it!

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  2. The first book that popped into my head was Crawdads!! Is this a drama? I would love to win your giveaway!


  3. Recently I read Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coban- it had a lot of drama in it. Love Sean of the South. Thanks for the chance to win his book!


  4. Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards was the last book I read-not sure if it’s considered drama but it was good!


  5. The best drama I have read lately is The Two Lila Bennetts-Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. Stars Of Alabama sounds like a good survival/redemption story.


  6. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips was a very impressive book that slowly crept up on me. I wasn’t sure I would love it at first because I am not overly fond of short stories, but the interrelated stories in this book were incredibly told with a powerful conclusion.


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