THE BLUE STAR picks up the story of Jim Glass from Tony Earley’s bestselling debut novel, JIM THE BOY. It is 1941, and Jim is now a senior in high school. He has fallen deeply, crazily in love with fellow classmate Chrissie Steppe and lives for the moments at school when he has any kind of contact with her. He waits on the school steps each day, looking out over the town of Aliceville, a country panorama in North Carolina, anticipating the arrival of the school bus so he can glimpse her.
From the school's perch high on a hill, Jim can see the houses that he, his mother and three uncles occupy, as well as farm crops in tidy squares and the thick tangle of woods. It’s s