What Blooms From Dust by James Markert

bloomsThis story is set in the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. Jeremiah Goodbye is set to meet his maker in prison via the electric chair, but there is a tornado that rips through the prison and Jeremiah goes free. He travels to his hometown of Nowhere (Oklahoma) to confront his twin brother, his family and ultimately his past.

The writing in this book is awesome. You can feel the dust in your eyes and between your teeth. And you can understand the desolation and lost hope that the characters feel. I mean, who wouldn’t. Basically you sweep up from one dust storm and another one comes right on in.

This story is about family and how complicated relationships are. The twin brothers need to find their way with each other to move towards some sort of reconciliation. There is jealousy, and mourning.

The story is also about hope. I think it’s about what can a person do to make someone’s life better/easier. I don’t want to spoil the plot. What I will say is that ultimately what we all want is to be seen and  understood. That’s a basic human need. What can you do to make that happen for someone? And sometimes it’s the simplest thing that does the trick.

If you are looking for a story with a twist and that shows hope, this is your read.

I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)

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