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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419676504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419676505
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,287,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Retired social worker Laurel-Rain Snow worked for over thirty years with families in crisis. The author is the winner of the 2000 “Social Worker of the Year” award and the recipient of an Exceptional Service award. Divorced with four grown children and seven grandchildren, she lives in a small community north of Fresno, California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Ham on June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Chasing Stardust gives an accurate and realistic portrayal of a woman being pregnant and facing the prospect of being a single parent in the 1960s. The author, Laurel Rain Snow, gives a detailed and vivid description of the lead character in the story, Merrilee Hennessey, in which you as the reader feel that you are living her life story.
The progression over the years into the late 1990s is easy to follow along with, and the other characters are introduced into the story in a natural flow that feels like they have been part of Merrilee's life forever.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone as it is a well written and precisely detailed book about one woman's journey through life when obstacles are placed in her way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on January 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Laurel-Rain Snow is one of my favorite authors because her characters are such real people; they could be your neighbors, my neighbors...or even our relatives. Although her books are similar in theme--mostly about women struggling to overcome unhappy childhoods who come of age during the "hippie" generation--each has a stellar cast of main and supporting characters who stir the emotions.

I have read four of this author's five novels, but Chasing Stardust is my favorite so far. It was a hard choice because I loved the characters in Miles to Go, Web of Tyranny and An Accidental Life, also.

Chasing Stardust opens with a flash-forward prologue depicting Merrilee Hennessy as a grandmother going to bat for her granddaughter, which is something no one did for her when she was young.

Through the period of this book, Merrilee develops into a strong, compassionate woman despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles that life throws her way. Always somewhat of a romantic dreamer when it comes to male relationships, the young girl learns the hard way, making some mistakes repeatedly...but eventually triumphing through her innate strength, determination and the help of good, caring friends.

Author Snow carries the character through the book in such a realistic manner, I feel like I know Merrilee.
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About a persistent woman who holds onto her dreams. It is about her life during the sexual revolution, developing feminism, and the war in Vietnam.

About: A contemporary story about the life of Merrilee Hennessy, a woman born in the US during the late 1950's. It extends through her life experiences into the early 2000's. With an omnipresent narration we see her life and what she feels and thinks, as a strong and driven woman, at first in her late teens and then into her middle age. With the historical back drop of the Vietnam war, the sexual revolution and the growth of feminism, it is a look inside a woman, her beliefs and the myths of her life and the generation.

Thoughts: Chasing Stardust starts out slowly, almost like a diary, with the issues being resolved through the main character's ability to hold on to her dreams through pure perseverance and positive thinking - an important perspective for understanding the character and her life during that time. As she struggles with her dreams of a romantic ideal, akin to the romance novels she devours, she is strengthened by the ideals (held internally and supported culturally) of the perfect home and family. While things are not quite right for her, she perseveres by pushing the acknowledgment of her difficulties out of her consciousness; a key element for the story.

Some significant themes within the novel are - contrary to our internalized myths about motherhood, at times and even with a woman's best efforts, bonding with one's child is not a possibility; the love of a woman's life is not necessarily a romantic love, but can be the love of a child; issues related to drug and alcohol abuse; the US legal system and its methodology for placing children from neglected and abusive homes.
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More About the Author

A retired social worker, specializing in child welfare services, Laurel-Rain Snow has fictionalized many personal and professional experiences into her six novels: "An Accidental Life," "Embrace the Whirlwind," "Chasing Stardust," "Miles to Go," "Web of Tyranny," and "Interior Designs."

Born and raised in California's Central Valley, Ms. Snow has four grown children and seven grandchildren.

Her hobbies include reading, writing, collecting, traveling, and going to the movies.

One of her latest obsessions is blogging, and she now has a total of eleven blogs (so far!): nine on Word Press and two on Blogger. Check out her website for more information.