Review: The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

The Stars at Oktober BendTitle: The Stars at Oktober Bend

Author: Glenda Millard

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Old Barn Books

The Blurb

Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has a brain injury, the result of an assault. Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost all his family. Alice is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny is running to escape his past. When Manny and Alice meet they find the beginnings of love and healing. A magnificent new novel from multi-award-winning Australian author Glenda Millard. The Stars at October Bend is a powerful story about the strength of the human spirit. Through her lyrical writing, Millard reveals that people are always more than they seem.

The Review

The Stars at Oktober Bend is the story of Alice, a girl who has suffered terrible trauma and has since been left with difficulties. It is about her being able to express herself and articulate herself and finding ways to communicate with others in less traditional methods.

It is also a story of displacement. Manny and Alice find each other through the poems that Alice uses to express herself. Manny is fairly new to Oktober Bend and is living with a new family after his have all been lost to the situation in his home country.

Manny and Alice find each other but it is the determination of others to tear them apart.

The Stars at Oktober Bend is a realy good story. It is both heart warming and breaking and it highlights how someone can be put back together once they have been broken and come out stronger than ever.

Millard’s quirky style of writing along with the duel narrative will stay with you long after you have finished reading.

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard is available now.

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35 Stars

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