In Belva Plain’s The Sight of the Stars, we meet Adam Arnring. In 1907 Adam turns 19 years old and decides to leave his family in New Jersey to find his fortune out west. He takes his first step toward achieving this goal and finds himself in Chattahoochee, Texas where he obtains a job in a small, run-down department store. Adam quickly takes charge and makes quite a success with his creative ideas. As the years go by, Adam works hard, meets and falls in love with Emma. World War I starts as Adam and Emma marry. Tragedy strikes with repercussions that affect the family throughout the years. The Sight of the Stars tells us what may happen when we try to capture our dreams and the decisions that can change lives forever.
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The Girls is a wonderful, rich story about the oldest living conjoined twins, Rose and Ruby Darlen. In their own voices, the girls tell their story of growing up together and never being able to look each other in the eye because they are conjoined at the head. Abandoned at birth, the girls are adopted by the delivery nurse. On a farm in Ontario the nurse, Aunt Lovey and her husband Stash, raise the girls with love and encouragement to live normal, independent lives even though they have been advised by doctors that they will never grow and be able to walk on their own. The girls are certainly not expected to live past their 30th birthday. As that day approaches, Rose decides to write her autobiography and encourages Ruby to include her thoughts. The novel’s biggest achievement is that it brings to life these two extraordinary characters with such great success that you forget you are reading a work of fiction.