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The Half Life of Stars

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The Half Life of Stars

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
71333
publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Louise Wener, a former U.K. pop star, explores the family ties that bind (and sometimes gag). The narrator of The Half Life of Stars is wayward divorcée Claire, whose successful, responsible older brother Daniel goes missing. She leaves gray, gray London for sun-soaked Miami, following the trail of a man whose emotional state she struggles to understand, while also grappling with her mother, sister, and suddenly not-so-ex ex-husband. A handful of plot inconsistencies and sour narrative notes besmirch Wener’s finely honed descriptions of love, loss, and the tricks of memory, but the melody of her words still resonates.

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