It's 1948 and Audrey lives with the little piggies( her three younger sisters) and parents in Jewell Valley, a coal mining camp in Southwest, Virginia. Her mother is in her own little world moaning the death of her baby sister. Audrey is called skeleton by the other kids on account of how thin she is. Her father goes on drinking binges and sometimes doesn't come home.
But Audrey tries to not dwell on that. Her friend Virgil makes her laugh with his monkey jokes. Also she looks forward to the weekly treat of going to the 10 cent movie with her mother and sisters.
Audrey wishes for more. And one night on a shooting star, she does just that.
I really loved this tale. The author uses her own life experiences to paint a very vivid world of a coal mining camp back in the later 40s. Not everything is grim. There's the time her grandparents show up and everyone has a feast. Afterwards, her daddy and grandfather sing. The voice is very authentic and I could see myself with Audrey in the camp. Audrey is a courageous heroine, who dispite her eyeglasses( she's the only one in camp with them) and two different colored eyes, stands up to the camp's bullies and still dreams of a better life.
A must read for all historical fiction fans.