The Brightest Star in the Sky

The Brightest Star in the Sky

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by Marian Keyes
     
 

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A wry and life-affirming tale-and the Irish literary star's latest New York Times bestseller.

Marian Keyes's inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and captivating stories that deal with real-life issues have won readers around the globe. Reminiscent of the blockbuster movie Love, Actually, her new novel The

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A wry and life-affirming tale-and the Irish literary star's latest New York Times bestseller.

Marian Keyes's inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and captivating stories that deal with real-life issues have won readers around the globe. Reminiscent of the blockbuster movie Love, Actually, her new novel The Brightest Star in the Sky, features seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit descends on 66 Star Street to radically transform at least one person's life in the Dublin town house. With the comic appeal of Nick Hornby's novels and delicious drama akin to Jane Green, The Brightest Star in the Sky will keep readers guessing, laughing, gasping, and in tears until the very last page.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Keyes delivers a dizzying vertical view of the mismatched, mixed-up tenants of Dublin's 66 Star Street, friends and lovers who grow up, grow old and give way to their “heart currents” with help from a puckish sprite. This multitiered saga of Dubliners searching for “the brightest star in the sky... the planet of love” straddles slapstick and sophistication in an engaging balancing act both giddy and grand. Here's Katie, publicist, freshly 40, and her workaholic, commitment-phobic fella, Conall; newlyweds Maeve and Matt, who hide a violent and crippling secret that binds them and drives them apart; madcap, sassy Lydia, a taxi driver who juggles worries about her aging mom and an over-the-top passion (mixed with equal parts lust and disdain) for her sexy flatmate; plucked from nowhere hunk Fionn, who hopes to begin a TV career, and his psychic foster mom and her mean-as-a-snake dog who improbably helps bring all the sweet mayhem to a satisfying close. Keyes (This Charming Man) is an expert at weaving dark threads into cozy material, and in this ambitious outing, she's in top form. (Jan.)
Library Journal
This appealing novel by the author of This Charming Man explores the lives and loves of the residents of a Dublin town house by way of a wandering spirit. At its heart are relationships, romantic and familial, and the multigenerational characters have their own individual quirks. Watching each of them grow, change, and love through the eyes of an innocent yet determined spirit makes for some very entertaining reading. The resolution is neat but not pat, and the real reason for the spirit's visit to 66 Star Street makes for a sweet twist at the end. VERDICT Much has been said about the "new generation" of chick lit, but Keyes has been writing thoughtful novels about women's lives for years. She isn't afraid to tackle thorny subjects, but her appealing, relatable characters and gentle humor keep the tone light. Readers who enjoy intelligent, humorous women's fiction (à la Jennifer Weiner) should give Keyes a try. [See Prepub Alert, p. 41.]—Nanette Donohue, Champaign P.L., IL
Kirkus Reviews
Latest doggedly life-affirming romance from the prolific Irish bestseller (This Charming Man, 2008, etc.), this one set in a Dublin apartment house. A narrating "spirit" floats among the flats desperate to make sure that at least one romance among the tenants succeeds. Music publicist Katie is frustrated in her relationship with workaholic/chocoholic Conall, a genuine charmer even though he earns his fortune downsizing corporations. Lydia, a tough cookie of a cab driver, keeps falling into sex with her Polish flatmate, even though they hate each other. Octogenarian Jemima, who has psychic powers, is thrilled when her blazingly handsome foster son, small-town gardener Fionn, comes to stay while filming a TV series. Soon Katie has dumped Conall and taken up with Fionn, who has become a local star, while Conall has become Lydia's unlikely boyfriend. As their comic banter flies, a darker, more poignant plot line follows Matt and Maeve, a young married couple troubled by a secret that threatens their genuine devotion. Thanks to the sporadically all-knowing spirit, readers gradually learn the tenants' back stories, from Lydia's struggle to care for her increasingly demented mother to the violence perpetuated against Maeve by her former boyfriend, a political activist who gets his just reward in an act of supernatural vengeance. (It's interesting, albeit disquieting, that Keyes' one true villain is a leftist do-gooder, her ultimate hero a corporate downsizer.) The author endows her characters with small idiosyncrasies and imperfections that make them seem more fully developed than they actually are. The narrative is strictly formula: comedy, pathos and shallow spiritual uplift mixed with foodand fashion. As partners mix and match, who will end up with whom is never truly in doubt, and the leisurely buildup climaxes in a strained ending with crises and happy resolutions rushing by. Trite, but Keyes' lively wit makes it go down easily.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101189870
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/21/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
141,478
File size:
629 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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The Brightest Star in the Sky 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 100 reviews.
BLUEEYEBE More than 1 year ago
A mysterious presence watches the cast of interesting characters who live in an apartment building in Dublin over the course of sixty one days. This lengthy book starts a delightful read about entangled relationships and changing lives. The spirit's narration is really enjoyable and adds a touch of humorous snarkiness. But the spirit keeps referring to a big change coming to one of the residents, providing an ominous foreshadowing that keeps the reader glued to the pages. And as it goes deeper into their memories and more is revealed about the character's lives, the reader becomes aware that the presence is waiting for something. This spirit has the ability to change at least one of their lives. I'm not really into fantasy, but it didn't take long to get me sucked in and stuck! I recommend!
VA-born More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up late night after night, took it where ever I went, just to get more reading done. It grabs your interest from page 1 and you get so involved with the characters and the direction of the plot, you have to know what happens next. A must read by one of my favorite authors. So human, so relatable, so interesting. Life is an amazing journey when written through the eyes of Marian Keyes!
GadgetJunkie More than 1 year ago
OMG there is actually another person on the planet who shares my very own twisted, bizarre sense of humor. If you are easily offended you might want to pass on this. I shared the trials and tribulations of the character who had a parent suffering from Alzheimer's disease. You may think there is nothing funny about it. However, people who have this illness do things that are incredibly funny. It is that very thing that saves the sanity of those of us who care for them. I too had siblings who refused to help. That is too bad because they missed all the fun my parent and I had during his last two years of life. I laughed at this book until I cried. I highly recommend it!
MIJul More than 1 year ago
It is a quick and easy read, not exactly a "can't put it down" story, but interesting enough to finish. I didn't see all that much very funny about it, but it had its moments. If you buy it on sale, it's worth reading and then pass it along to someone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like any of her books, you will like this book. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good entertaining book to read. Her characters are always warm and funny and I haven't read a bad one yet. My favorite was Rachel's Holiday.
poosie More than 1 year ago
"The Brightest Star in the Sky" is about a group of neighbors who share a building. The story is about the way these strangers become connected by a series of events. The author has a wonderful way of revealing her characters slowly. Although there is a good deal of heartbreak in the book the reader feels empathy and affection for most of the people who are lovable and quirky. A good read!
mamaof3bugs More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait for The Brightest Star in the Sky to be released here in the states so I ordered it a few months ago from the UK. I am glad I paid the super high shipping, it was well worth it!! I love Marian Keyes so I was expecting the best and I wasn't disappointed! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this book, it was a fun and entertaining read. I would highly reccommend it!!
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JoMacall More than 1 year ago
After reading the revues, I ordered the book. I have never been so disappointed in a read in my life. It certainly didn't have the hilarious aspects that others promised. It was more boring than anything. Having said that, I leave it up to future readers to decided for themselves. I donated it to the local library.
GirlieMac More than 1 year ago
This book was somewhat boring with very flat characters. There is some kind of spirit present in an apartment house in Dublin. The spirit doesn't know who it is supposed to "belong to" so we follow the lives of a LOT of people, none of whom are terribly interesting. Too many characters and the ending was dumb. Keyes has definitely written better books.
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lisbarbre More than 1 year ago
The Brightest Star is another satisfying escape from Keyes. Star is populated by a quirky array of neighbors. Their lives begin to intermingle bringing changes to each. This offering from Keyes doesn't have as much of the Irish flair as other Keyes novels. It didn't makeme want to jump on a plane to Dublin. But I get invested in the lives of the characters, even those who turned out to be less likeable. If you have read other Keyes' novels, and you enjoyed them, I would recommend The Brightest Star.
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