04. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Teen Books

Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy #1) by Sarah Zettel, read by Courtney, on 09/19/2012

Fairies plus Dust Bowl era equals fascinating stuff. Callie’s mother disappears during the worst dust storm in Kansas history and Callie’s life immediately changes. She attempts to keep the family hotel running in spite of the dust covering the majority of the town, but is rewarded by a visit from a family of fae in disguise (they’re really giant grasshoppers!). Callie begins to realize that her heritage may not be exactly what she thought it was and that her long-lost father may not only be a black man (a secret kept between Callie and her mother), he may not even be human at all. Together with a young con man, Callie begins a quest to find her missing parents.
Their journey takes them across the heartland, into roadhouses and dance contests. The setting is vivid with lots of ’30′s era details. Music plays a major role both in the time period and in Callie’s life. Bonus points to Zettel for adding a playlist at the back of the book which includes the likes of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and recordings made by Alan Lomax. Even Count Basie makes an appearance near Kansas City!
I’m smitten with the premise and concept. The writing is fantastic and I will definitely be checking out further installments in this trilogy.

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