Fireflies in December

  • by Jennifer Erin Valent
  • Narrated by Kate Forbes
  • 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia.
When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.


What the Critics Say

"Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Audie for Inspirational/Faith based but not

overtly preachy. Reads a bit like "Cold Sassy Tree" or the "Education of Little Tree" and felt more like reading a Newberry teen book rather than an adult novel. There are a couple internal inconsistancies in the book, few rough spots in the dialog and I had to suspend my disbelief a couple of times where the plot and situation felt forced. However, for a first novel this is fantastic. I enjoyed the 1932 Southern setting, coming of age theme and strong family values. Good narration.
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- Jan

1932 Virginia The Dark and the Light

Depression era Virginia and families with black farm hands still working on their farms . . . the more things change, the more they stay the same . . . until a fire killed little Gemma's parents, leaving her orphaned . . . and the Lassiter family (the family her folks had worked for) took her in as their own . . . Jessie Lassiter, thirteen years old and Gemma had always been best friends . . . but even Jessie had no idea how taking Gemma in would change things . . . in the south, you never knew who to trust, who was KKK and who wasn't . . . through the bravery and steadfast love of the Lassiter family, one day at a time, Gemma was kept safe . . . Fireflies in December is a story told through the eyes of Jessie, a young girl, turning into a woman, learning to defend herself, her family, her friend and her own beliefs . . . in a time in our history that doing so could have cost her her life . . . the tale is beautifully and courageously told, and is different than many books of this genre . . . it isn't filled with bitterness and anger, but with faith and conviction . . .
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- Debbie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books