I’ve been doing a lot of reading this year, and it’s my pleasure to share this excellent book, by Stephen J. Matlock with you:
STARS IN THE TEXAS SKY by Stephen J. Matlock as reviewed by Sheri J. Kennedy
I was submerged in this world and felt the heaviness of the heat and slow pace of a town reluctant to change as the morality he was just beginning to understand dragged Henry down from a proud young citizen of his beloved town to a burdened and torn individual that longed to be whole again.
Matlock handles the complexities of political power and racial relations in a deeply internal and personal way that allows the reader to feel their way to the moral of the story. I reached inward with Henry Valentine to mend the rift in my heart that has been left by the tragedy of racial oppression, and I ached for his innocence lost.
I know Stephen Matlock personally and have had a relationship of mutual feedback and writer/author encouragement with him for several years. I’ve enjoyed the many stories I’ve heard him read, and have watched him continuously hone his craft. I can’t recommend this book enough, and I would be just as enthusiastic in my support for this excellent work if I didn’t know him, but it gives me great pleasure to say that I do. This novel carries classic literary quality in the not so simple story of a boy.