A Star in the Face of the Sky (Paperback)

By David Haynes

New Rivers Press, 9780898232837, 360pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2013

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Description

Fiction. Estelle wants to retire with Janet to steamy Florida, but there's baggage: Janet's grandson Daniel is the sole survivor of a Jonestown- inspired murder committed by his mother. Daniel has a secret as well his romantic relationship with Estelle's grandson, Ari.


About the Author

David Haynes earned a B.A. in literature from Macalester College, Minnesota, in 1977 and an M.A. from Hamline University, Minnesota, in 1989. A former fifth and sixth grade teacher, he served as a teacher in residence at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Haynes also served on the leadership team at the experimental Saturn School of Tomorrow. His book "Right by My Side" (New Rivers Press, 1993) was a winner in the 1992 Minnesota Voices Project and was selected by the American Library Association as one of 1994's best books for young adults. Two of Haynes's stories have been recorded for the National Public Radio series "Selected Shorts." In 1996 "Granta" magazine named Haynes as one of the best young American novelists. Haynes is currently an associate professor and the director of creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He teaches regularly in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught in the MFA programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Hamline University, and at the Writer s Center in Bethesda, MD, and at the Writers Garret in Dallas. His teaching interests include gender, class, race, and generational differences--all themes that he explores in great depth in "A Star in the Face of the Sky."

David received a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and several of his short stories have been read and recorded for the National Public Radio series Selected Shorts. His sixth and most recent novel is The Full Matilda. He is also the author of a series for children called The West Seventh Wildcats.

For fifteen years David served as a teacher in urban schools, mostly teaching middle grades in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He worked on numerous school reform efforts, including developing the influential Saturn School of Tomorrow, where he served as Associate Teacher for Humanities. He has been involved in the work of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, coordinating efforts of the nation s finest educators to develop standards in the fields of social studies, vocational education, early childhood education and for teachers of students whose first language is not English.

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