The Lost History of Stars: A Novel by the Author of Guernica (Hardcover)

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From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places.

In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie's father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions.

Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling's grandfather's own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

About the Author

DAVE BOLING is a sports writer based in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of one previous novel, Guernica, which won the 2009 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award for fiction and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. For more information, visit

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616204174
ISBN-10: 1616204176
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English