Heaven

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Simon & Schuster, 1985 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest -- the scum of the hills.

Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face...despite a father meaner than ten vipers...despite her weary stepmother, who worked her like a mule. For her brother Tom and the little ones, Heaven clung to her pride and her hopes. Someday they'd get away and show the world that they were decent, fine and talented -- worthy of love and respect.

Then Heaven's stepmother ran off, and her wicked, greedy father had a scheme -- a vicious scheme that threatened to destroy the precious dream of Heaven and the children forever!

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User Review  - bekkil1977 - LibraryThing

"Heaven" introduces us to the Casteel family, the lowest of the hillbilly scum in the mountains of West Virginia known as the Willies. Heaven lives with her father's parents, her father and stepmother ... Read full review

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This book got me into reading as a kid. I love the entire series. Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Born on June 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, Va., Virginia Cleo Andrews was one of three children of William Henry and Lillian Lilnora. Her father was a career Navy man who later opened a tool-and-die business and her mother was a telephone operator. As a child, Andrews read voraciously and also excelled in art. At the age of fifteen, she won a scholarship for a literary parody she had written. Commenting on her love of reading, she once said "When I was seven, [my father] took me to the public library and signed me up for my first library card. He went home with two books... I went home with nine." Andrews worked as a commercial fashion and portrait artist for a time. However, after her father's death in the late 1960s and the family's subsequent move to Manchester, Mo, she began what she described as "closet" writing. It was her publisher's decision to use her initials (V.C.) rather than her full name. This was done for the purpose of neutralizing her gender so as to sell to adult male audiences; the common belief was that men did not like to read books by women writers. Andrews eventually became a full-time writer. Her first novel was a science fiction fantasy entitled The Gods of the Green Mountains, published in 1972. In 1980, she published the bestseller Flowers in the Attic, followed by Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. V.C. Andrews died in December, 1986 at the age of 62. She left a legacy of books that have been sold worldwide and translated into 13 foreign languages.