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A Rhinestone Button

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  280 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
In a world where everything depends on the harvest, Job Sunstrum is a late bloomer.

In the rough-and-tumble farming community of Godsfinger, Alberta, he lives a solitary existence, raising cattle and farming the land, like his father and grandfather before him. Yet the surrounding pasture do not old much attraction for him. Instead he prefers his humble farmhouse kitchen, w
Published by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published 2002)
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Rebecca McNutt
I really loved this book; set in the Canadian province of Alberta, it's nothing short of amazing and very creative, capturing the rural prairies just like a photograph.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Despite growing up in the small farming town of Godsfinger, Alberta, Job Sunstrum was always a bit of an outsider. A thin young man with blond, curly hair, he loved baking and cooking, and certainly did not fit in with the rough-and-tumble farmboys around town. There wasn't much understanding to be had at home on the family farm, either, where his domineering father and bully of a brother ran roughshod over his life. But even when Job takes over the farm after his father's death and h
3.5 stars Duplicate review. Twenty years or so after reading "The Cure for Death by Lightening", "A Recipe for Bees" and "A Rhinestone Button" I found myself mulling over the influence that Gail Anderson-Dargatz has had on my future literary exploration.

Twenty years ago, her novel was nominated for The Giller Prize, a literary award newly established in 1994 to celebrate excellent Canadian writers. Knopf Canada had launched a program, The New Face of Fiction in 1996, to bring more Canadian auth
Dec 31, 2011 Johanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-lit
I first read a Gail Anderson-Dargatz book in 2000, during my first CÉGEP English class. We had to choose among 3 books to write a final report & oral presentation, and I chose "The Cure to Death by Lightning", I can't exactly remember why - probably because the title was interesting. That book was just the kind of book that you read throughout, thinking it's not really anything special but compelling enough anyway, until you close the last page - and then it hits you. "A Rhinestone Button" ...more
Nov 23, 2015 DubaiReader rated it liked it
Shelves: old-bk-grp, e-book, 2015
Small village life in rural Canada.

I very, very nearly gave up on this book on the grounds that there was too much bible bashing - I attended my book group having read only 35% and they persuaded me to keep going, claiming that the ending put it all into context. I did finish, which is always satisfying, but it was only a three-star read for me.

I had expected more from the synaesthesia aspect of the novel - Job's ability to experience sound as something he could hold and/or see. He listened to t
Tracy Terry
Dec 04, 2012 Tracy Terry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Crop circles, a duck in a nappy, and a crazy lady who squirts a water pistol at those she thinks are out of line. Sounds like a quirky read, right?

So utterly disappointed that there wasn't more of this quirkiness, that more wasn't made of Job's synaesthesia and less of the less than likable, one dimensional, fanatical characters, many of whom exhibited abusive tendencies towards animals, to say nothing of their fellow men.

A story essentially of being different, of finding acceptance, of fitting
Jennifer Eagle
Jul 27, 2016 Jennifer Eagle rated it it was amazing
This is the third novel I have read by Gail Anderson-Dargatz, and again I could not put it down. I fell in love with the main character Job, for all the way people in his small town misunderstand him and all his heaps of misfortune. Little do they know his magic. Little do we know each other's magic! Yet for all the heartbreak in this novel, it is imbued with great humour. I also loved the fact that it is set in Alberta, and mentions many places near my home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A very ...more
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
I really had trouble with this novel. I enjoyed reading about the small town farming community, the overbearing evangelical church influences on young people still unsure of their sexual identity and the really lovely descriptions of the geography and power of nature in Godsfinger. However, I was overwhelmed by my visceral reaction to how the main character of Job Sunstrum was treated by everyone....I am sure that this is just what Anderson-Dargatz had intended for her readers, but it was just ...more
May 08, 2013 Tabitha rated it did not like it
While I did read this cover to cover in one night, there was something important missing from it. I closed the final pages and felt a sense of incompletion. There was no imparting sense of awe at the beauty of the words, at the cunning of the execution, nor any marvel at the feelings stirred up by the story.
Aug 17, 2009 Shari rated it really liked it
This is the story of Jo Sunstrum – a farmer in god-fearing Alberta who is a late bloomer. After enduring the deaths of both his parents, the return of his pastor/proselytizing and arrogant brother (and his neurotic wife) and doubt about his own belief, Job finally manages to figure out what will make him truly happy.

Louise Buchanan
Jan 04, 2016 Louise Buchanan rated it really liked it
I do love Gail Andeson Dargatz books!! So richly saturated in Alberta and rural life. I loved the ending to this book with it's basic message of living for the moment and cherishing all that you have. The descriptions of the senses were great also. I think I only have 1 of her books left to read so I hope she is working on another!!!!!
Nov 04, 2013 Autumn rated it liked it
I was really into this book...enjoying both story and characters...but felt like she couldn't figure out how to wrap it up at the end. Just lost a bit of steam in the last few chapters and closed it off relatively predictably.

Good story, feels a bit unfinished.
Sep 07, 2011 Catrin rated it it was ok
This novel was disappointing, because it's nowhere as good as "The Cure for Death By Lightning". I couldn't picture any of the characters, let alone care about them, and the story seemed laboriously constructed.
Feb 07, 2015 Margi rated it really liked it
The protagonist in this book has Synesthesia, and after reading the book, I really enjoyed listening to a program about Synesthesia on CBC Radio yesterday. Fascinating.
Aug 23, 2012 Marilyn rated it really liked it
This story was based in Alberta (Edmonton and small towns outside of Edmonton) making it easy for me to relate to, as I have stayed with my sister in Alberta.
Kimberly Bogelund
Sep 25, 2012 Kimberly Bogelund rated it it was ok
eh - it was ok. Slow moving. The most interesting aspect was the setting! (My neck of the rural Alberta woods).
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Randomly chosen to be #69 of 2012... Perhaps my last for the year???
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Gail's new novel The Spawning Grounds will be published by Knopf Canada in September 2016.

Her novels The Cure for Death by Lighting and A Recipe for Bees were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize among other awards. A Rhinestone Button was a national bestseller in Canada and Ga
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