Dog-Eared Review: The Friendship Stones

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By Melanie Tighe –


Tired of today’s rushing, crushing pace? Slow down and take a trip back to a simpler time with The Friendship Stones by Arizona authors Alan Black and Bernice Knight.friendship-stones

Twelve year old, Lillibeth believes it to be her ‘Christian duty’ to befriend her mean, miserly neighbor; a man, no one else in the county will have anything to do with. At a time of prohibition, moonshine and misfortune follow, and lead to an unexpected alliance that sweeps friendships and promises down new paths and opens a new world to Lillibeth.

I was intrigued to see Black’s name on The Friendship Stones. At first glance, this book would qualify as a perfect opposite to science fiction, yet Black is a well-known sci-fi writer. Once I learned he’d teamed up with his mother, Knight to help tell a story she’d always wanted to write, my curiosity got the better of me. I’ve not read much recent American historical fiction, but maybe it is time we get to know what growing up must have been like for our parents and grandparents.

Imagine my surprise to find, daily life in the poverty-stricken Ozarks, is as different from today’s “normal,” as to be almost as alien as any of Alan’s other worlds.

Signed copies of The Friendship Stones are available at Dog-Eared Pages.

Melanie Tighe, with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.) 


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