The Brightest Star in the Sky

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A wry and life-affirming novel from the internationally bestselling author Marian Keyes's inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and stories that deal with real-life issues have captivated readers around the globe. She is one of the bestselling authors of women's fiction in the English-speaking world. Her new novel will delight fans of Candace Bushnell's darkly comic sensibility and Sophie Kinsella's fast-paced action. The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become ...

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Overview

A wry and life-affirming novel from the internationally bestselling author Marian Keyes's inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and stories that deal with real-life issues have captivated readers around the globe. She is one of the bestselling authors of women's fiction in the English-speaking world. Her new novel will delight fans of Candace Bushnell's darkly comic sensibility and Sophie Kinsella's fast-paced action. The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives. But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose? There's Matt and Maeve, the newlyweds struggling to overcome the first obstacle in their storybook romance; Lydia, the brassy but vulnerable cabbie; Katie, the just-turned-forty PR executive searching for a more gratifying life; and the eldest resident, Jemima, currently playing hostess to her son Fionn, who is in town to star as the hunky gardener in a hot new television show. Keyes's universal themes and appealing characters have made her an international phenomenon, and are sure to conquer a wider American audience. With The Brightest Star in the Sky, she delivers another satisfying story charming in its wit and surprising in its depth.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440776359
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Format: CD

Meet the Author

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes, a preeminent writer of contemporary women's fiction, is the internationally bestselling author of more than ten novels and two autobiographical works. She lives in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, with her husband.
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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I recommend!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Life is an amazing journey when written through the eyes of Marian Keyes! Captures you from page 1 to the very end...you don't want to put it down!!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    Absolutely hilarious!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    A GOOD READ!!

    "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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    It is a quick and easy read, not exactly a "can't put it do

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2010

    Am I the only one who is disappointed?

    Everybody here seems to love this book but I am 1/4 in and still waiting for something besides cuteness to happen. I will go a little longer since everybody seems to love this so much but I just think it drags on with too much with absolutely nothing happening or any depth to anyone's relationship (at least so far)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

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    Loved It!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2010

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    The Marian Keyes that you know and love...

    I'm a huge fan of Marian Keyes and having just bought a Nook, I was excited that it coincided with the U.S. publication of her most recent book so that my first e-book purchase would be for a new book by an author that I love. I enjoy almost all of her books, but this is one of her best yet. I loved all of the characters, but particularly Lydia. She was funny, but real. The great thing about Keyes' books is that they are hilariously funny but meaningful at the same time. Can't wait for the next one! If you haven't read anything by her yet and you like this book, try Rachel's Holiday, Watermelon or Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

    FABULOUS story!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    Sorry I spent money on the book

    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.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

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    Dull and not going anywhere fast

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Icetail

    You guys need a medcat?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Silverlight

    She laughed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Mapleleaf

    Hello

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Springstep and Autumnleaf

    "Wait..." "Wait for wahat?" "I dunno." "Then why would we wait for somthing that you don't even know if it exists?" "I dunno that either." "Who are you?" "I dunno." "What is this?" "I dunno." "WHYYYYYYYYYYY MEHHHHH??????" Autumnleaf whisper-yelled." I dunno." Springstep answered, giggling.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Brightstar

    He purred amused

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    /) ? Anyone?

    Mlp fim ish epic. ( this is a good book btw )

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Shadow

    You you think im the good shadow im his other dimenson self

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Skull

    What?

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