As I was cruising through Instagram, specifically, the posts by my fellow bookstagrammers, I saw the awesome book cover of What Blooms From Dust by James Markert. Then I zoomed in on the word “dust” and wondered if it had anything to do with the devastating Dust Bowl of the 1930s. I’d seen the PBS documentary The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns and was excited to know if James Markert’s novel relates to that particular period in United States history.
Yes, it does! Go to James’s (or is it James’ 🙂 ) website to read the synopsis that introduces his protagonist Jeremiah Goodbye, who is about to die in the electric chair when a tornado strikes, allowing him to escape. Suddenly, he has a second chance at life and decisions to make. He’d been accused of murder, but goes back to his hometown anyway.
And then there is the Black Sunday storm that fills the sky and land with a cloud of dust so huge that… well, you’ll have to read the book to see what happens to Jeremiah, his new companion, Peter Cotton, and the townspeople!
In addition to James’s book – What Blooms From Dust is his fourth; see others here – his site is filled with more accomplishments, such as his screenwriting of the movie 2nd Serve. It surrounds the game of tennis, which is not surprising given that James is a tennis pro. Visit his bio page. He’s listed lots of his favorite things that paint a nice picture of his personal life. I enjoyed reading it, as well as my visits to his Instagram feed, @jamesmarkert74.
And what a postcard! It’s larger than the standard size, but mainly, I feel that I’ve had a mini tour of Louisville, Kentucky. Be sure to slide to see what James has written, especially his last sentence. 🙂
Thank you, James!