A Field of Stars

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AuthorHouse, 2002 - Fiction - 416 pages

 A Field of Stars tells the story of thirteen-year-old Lily Patterson and her violent father Ben Patterson. Lily is trying to get her mother Ruth Patterson to leave her father and take Lily and her brothers, Davey and Jeffrey. She tries to find a safe place where she does not have to fear she or someone in her family is about to die from her father's violence.

The book tells the story also of Ben Patterson, of his childhood with a violent mother and of his young life lived in severe poverty. As a child Ben and his family stayed at times in abandoned railroad cars whenever their house flooded. They were hungry and poor especially after the death of Ben's father.

The book shows how child abuse is handed down from one generation to another and presents a portrait of a man who is in agony over his violence.

Lily dreams of going to college and becoming a social worker. She is very shy and has severe psychological problems due to the violence she has experienced.

 

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About the author (2002)

 Frances Heiman has written and published poetry and non-fiction. This is her first novel. It is about the people in Indiana who struggle with poverty and child abuse and domestic violence. Ms. Heiman has been writing for twenty-five years. She lives in suburban Chicago and is working on four other books. She has won poetry prizes and a short fiction award.

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