Growing-up. Moving away. Coming Back. A funny, thought-provoking, head-banging journey.
In 1997. any visitor to Rain, Oregon will find long-buried secrets, crazy neighbors, a convent, a buffalo, a jailbird, and a sky full of beckoning stars.
Sophia Bolton can’t wait to get out of the place.
At twenty-six, she dreams of saving humanity by traveling to the stars. She also considers herself the master of work-arounds. After all, she’s escaped her sloth-thinking community several times, but family screwups—death, alcohol, stupidity, or all three—keep pulling her back to Oregon.
Now she’s, struggling to finish her lifelong ticket to a different life—a PhD in physics—if only people would stop putting obstacles in her path.
On the night she sneaks into the campus radio station and makes a secret broadcast, it’s simply a diversion to the tedium of school. It soon becomes an obsession. She can’t explain why she’s pirating the airways, risking her future, to share tales of how-to-survive growing up.
She says the stories are for the doubtful, insecure, or anyone who doesn’t fit. She doesn’t realize she’s doing what she’s always wanted—trying to save humanity.
Nor does she realize her stories will save herself.
A memorable story tale of humor, heartbreak, and inspiration.
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Do you like Oregon, or quirky characters, or higher education? How about a story of the stories that bring about a young woman's growth from a childhood of rural struggle to the doors that open after a years-long endeavor to attain the degrees that ultimately make a reach for the stars possible? For Stiks (Sophia) Bolton, it's a journey peopled by those she loves, but doesn't always completely understand. After skipping two grades in elementary school, it's a rapid rise for a girl who doesn't always fit in. As she matures, she has to extend tolerance to those she lives with, studies with, learns from, and works alongside. Her light really begins to shine when she takes to the late night airwaves to explore some of the events that furnished the foundation for the life she's determinedly building. Stiks rarely does things the way society might approve, but somehow manages to find the way to come out a winner. This book grabs you early and doesn't let go. I was given Goodnight, Oregon for an honest review. I wholeheartedly recommend it.