Light From Other Stars

Light From Other Stars

A Novel

Book - 2019
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From the author of national bestseller The Book of Speculation , a poignant, fantastical novel about the electric combination of ambition and wonder that keeps us reaching toward the heavens .

Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach--if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda's newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his living daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time.

Amidst the chaos that erupts, Nedda must confront her father and his secrets, the ramifications of which will irrevocably change her life, her community, and the entire world. But she finds an unexpected ally in Betheen, the mother she's never quite understood, who surprises Nedda by seeing her more clearly than anyone else. Decades later, Nedda has achieved her long-held dream, and as she floats in antigravity, far from earth, she and her crewmates face a serious crisis. Nedda may hold the key to the solution, if she can come to terms with her past and the future that awaits her.

Light from Other Stars is about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, and the cost of meaningful work. It questions how our lives have changed, what progress looks like, and what it really means to sacrifice for the greater good.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
ISBN: 9781635573169
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 30, 2019

Nice combination of family story narrative fiction with science fiction thrown in. The science is based on current theories about the nature of time and space. The characters are well described and developed. Enjoyable read.

DCLadults Jun 25, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Part sci-fi, part coming-of-age story. Young Nedda Pappas wants to become an astronaut. Her father wants to slow down time. The book is all one magical journey.

OPL_MichelleC Mar 11, 2019

This is beautiful science fiction. It flipped between two time periods of the protagonist's life - 1986 after the Challenger explosion and an unmarked future year when she is fulfilling her dream of being an astronaut. In this future, with a group of 3 others, Nedda is flying to an unnamed planet to set up a colony. Each timeline centers around a unique machine. With very descriptive writing, we learn about the interesting circumstances surrounding this machine and the town Nedda grew up in.


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