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Posted July 28, 2003
This is a beautifully and economically written, minutely-researched, thoroughly engaging, disquieting novel that illustrates how human intentions and motivations become nearly irrelevant in the march of both public and personal history. Set in present-day Paris, it flashes back into the strange, nerdish world of nuclear research that led, ultimately, to the bombing of Hiroshima. It stretches into astrology, dabbles in human treachery and touches upon our human eagerness to judge others by culture and creed. It picks through memory, showing the reader a reality that the characters themselves can never fully see even as they live it. All these big themes in fewer than 300 pages, in which a woman searches for the truth about her unknown father as her mother lies dying. I ordered this book because I loved 'In the Company of Angels'--so much that I've sent it out to just about everybody I know. This novel is quite different in form and content from its predecessor, which relied heavily on magical realism, but it is no less masterful. But in both books, Kelby's ability to put life into perspective through her writing--the talent to show the proverbial 'universe in a drop of water'--is phenomenal. 'Theater of the Stars' had me turning pages and staying up late; I was far from disappointed in the ending, but I was definitely disappointed that it had to end so soon. I seldom read a book twice, but I've already started on my second time through. There's so much here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2003
I found an uncorrected proof of this book at a Starbucks and could not believe my luck. It was amazing. Heartfelt and smart. I couldn't put it down. It's more than a mystery, or science fiction, or romance. It's something that's difficult to put your finger on. It entertains and makes you think. In the end, I walked away wondering about every star I see in the sky. What a delight.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.