To the Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman is a new fiction release slated for April. The book’s title is also the Kansas state motto. Knowing the tendency for tornadoes in this part of the U.S., it makes sense. Remember Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz?
This novel is about a number of tornadoes — literal and figurative. It is also a story about libraries and the importance of them. Much of this book contains interesting information about libraries across America funded by Andrew Carnegie and his background.
Told through the eyes of a few female characters in Kansas, all adrift in their own way, the story highlights what great accomplishments can and have been achieved by women united by a common cause.
I enjoyed the many historical references to Carnegie libraries. Overall, I think book and art lovers will appreciate this story. I am sorry to report I did not feel connected to any of the characters. I thought the book needed more “showing” and less “telling”. I do however, believe it has merit and would be a good choice for book discussion groups; especially because of all the group participation contained in the plot and the focus on the importance of books.