The Blue Star

A Novel
By Tony Earley (Trade Paperback, 2009)
Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Tony Earley's bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two.
Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw's girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie's heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man's emotions a grown man's gravity. With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time--making it again even realer than our own day.

This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley's writing "radiates with a largeness of heart" (Esquire).
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316008051

    • On Sale Date: 08/26/2009

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Tony Earley's bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two.
Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw's girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie's heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man's emotions a grown man's gravity. With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time--making it again even realer than our own day.

This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley's writing "radiates with a largeness of heart" (Esquire).

Tony Earley is the author of Jim the Boy, Here We Are in Paradise, and Somehow Form a Family. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.
  • "I galloped through the novel and relished every page....Earley's simple prose is always informed by Jim's good heart....'The Blue Star,' like its hero, is irresistible."  (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Tony Earley's novels are the Shaker chairs of American literature.  They're well-made, sturdy tales that are stripped of excess and postmodern gimmicks, and they just might last you forever....Earley delivers a rarity: a good story, told without fuss or flourish, and with the assurance of someone who knows what he's doing on every page."  (Christian Science Monitor).

  • "Tony Earley catches up with 'Jim the Boy' in a beguiling sequel that's never too good to be true....Always careful but never fussy, Earley writes prose so cadenced and so acute that he bewitches his readers with an idyll of boyhood so completely realized that we never want to leave it." (Newsweek).

  • "At the heart of 'The Blue Star' is a good, old-fashion love story....Earley writes with the same lyrical simplicity that he employed in 'Jim the Boy,' calling to mind his literary idol Willa Cather." (Boston Globe).

  • (Library Journal).

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The Blue Star
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN
  • Pages: 336
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316008051
  • On Sale Date: 08/26/2009
The Blue Star

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