Author: Clare Vanderpool
Moon Over Manifest is Vanderpool's first novel, and 2010's Newberry Medal winner. In short, the novel is about WWI, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, Prohibition, family, the past, religion, fortune tellers, spies, hobos, love, emigration, trains, bootlegging, small towns, and influenza. Sorry, that wasn't really short was it?
The book is told in several different ways. There is the main narrative told by Abilene. Then there is the secondary narrative told in third person. There is also newspaper articles and letters.
This is one of those books that I felt an emotional connection too. I was brought to tears several times throughout the book. A cover blurb by a two-time Newberry Honor winner called Moon "the best book I've read in ages." And I have to agree.