A Trip to the Stars: A Novel

A Trip to the Stars: A Novel

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by Nicholas Christopher
     
 

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“A large, lavishly inventive novel . . . an American descendant of The Arabian Nights . . . erudite and artful entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
At a Manhattan planetarium in 1965, ten-year-old Enzo is whisked away from his young adoptive aunt, Mala. His abductor turns out to be a blood relative: his…  See more details below

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“A large, lavishly inventive novel . . . an American descendant of The Arabian Nights . . . erudite and artful entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
At a Manhattan planetarium in 1965, ten-year-old Enzo is whisked away from his young adoptive aunt, Mala. His abductor turns out to be a blood relative: his great-uncle Junius Samax, a wealthy former gambler who lives in a converted Las Vegas hotel surrounded by a priceless art collection and a host of fascinating, idiosyncratic guests. In Samax’s magical world, Enzo receives a unique education and pieces together the mystery of his mother’s life and the complicated history of his adoption. Back in New York, Mala only knows that Enzo has disappeared. After a yearlong search proves fruitless, she enlists in the Navy Nursing Corps and on a hospital ship off Vietnam falls in love with a wounded B-52 navigator, who disappears on his next mission. Devastated again, Mala embarks on a restless, adventurous journey around the world, hoping to overcome the losses that have transformed her life.
 
Fusing imagination, scholarship, and suspense with remarkable narrative skill, Nicholas Christopher builds a story of tremendous scope, an epic tale of love and destiny, as he traces the intricate latticework of Mala’s and Enzo’s lives. Each remains separate from each other but tied in ways they cannot imagine—until the final miraculous chapter of this extraordinary novel.
 
“A writer of remarkable gifts.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“This labyrinthine novel . . . is animated by an encompassing lust for beauty.”—The New Yorker
 
“[Nicholas] Christopher is North America’s García Márquez; Borges with emotional weight. . . . This is one of those rare books that, by connecting the stars, catches you in its web.”—The Globe and Mail
 
Includes an excerpt of Nicholas Christopher’s Tiger Rag

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“A writer of remarkable gifts.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“This labyrinthine novel . . . is animated by an encompassing lust for beauty.”—The New Yorker
 
“A large, lavishly inventive novel . . . an American descendant of The Arabian Nights . . . erudite and artful entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Nicholas] Christopher is North America’s García Márquez; Borges with emotional weight. . . . This is one of those rare books that, by connecting the stars, catches you in its web.”—The Globe and Mail
 
“Spellbinding . . . the ultimate treasure—the gift of a thoughtful story, told with intelligence and immeasurable heart.”—The Denver Post
 
“The intriguing confluence of fate and chance . . . bubble like champagne in Christopher’s brilliantly labyrinthine novel.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Breathtaking . . . a dazzling epic . . . as lithe and pleasing as a bedtime fable.”—Time Out New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307799883
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/12/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
219,266
File size:
3 MB

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From the Publisher
“A writer of remarkable gifts.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“This labyrinthine novel . . . is animated by an encompassing lust for beauty.”—The New Yorker
 
“A large, lavishly inventive novel . . . an American descendant of The Arabian Nights . . . erudite and artful entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Nicholas] Christopher is North America’s García Márquez; Borges with emotional weight. . . . This is one of those rare books that, by connecting the stars, catches you in its web.”—The Globe and Mail
 
“Spellbinding . . . the ultimate treasure—the gift of a thoughtful story, told with intelligence and immeasurable heart.”—The Denver Post
 
“The intriguing confluence of fate and chance . . . bubble like champagne in Christopher’s brilliantly labyrinthine novel.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Breathtaking . . . a dazzling epic . . . as lithe and pleasing as a bedtime fable.”—Time Out New York

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Meet the Author

Nicholas Christopher is the author of six novels—The Soloist, Veronica, A Trip to the Stars, Franklin Flyer, The Bestiary, and Tiger Rag—eight collections of poetry, and a nonfiction book, Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City. He lives in New York City.

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Trip to the Stars 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up in San Francisco, in some book store, it was on sale for like $4, I thought, what the hey. So, when I actually got around to reading it, I hadn't realized that this book would become one of my all time favorites. I just finished it, and I can't get it out of my head. It's just so intricate, fun, and packed with odd characters and odder circumstances that you just wish you were there too, watching this whole book fold out. The best book ever. Buy it, and cherish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Intriuging and thought provoking. In the end it all comes together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say the this is one of the best books I have read in quite awhile. Aside from a few minor details and some obscure, unnecessary information, this book was very well writen. It all ties together nicely at the end, although it is somewhat far-fetched. I honestly had trouble putting it down. The complex characters were well developed and complimented each other nicely. At some points, however, I felt as though the author was questioning my intelligence by pointing out references and coincidences that should have been left for the reader to pick up on. I highly recommend this book; it's complex, fast-paced, challenging and though-provoking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an intelligent form of art. It opened my eyes to new places in the world, and put words to what I'd often felt but could not express. I relished every word, and re-read some of my favorite parts. Some of the astronomy references in the book were obscure -- but the point and theme of those references does come out. I am amazed by this authors mind, and am anxiously awaiting another novel.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was compelling and magical from the very first page. The distant stars seem to infiltrate and influence Enzo's and Mala's lives, leading them to their intertwined destinies. Coincidences abound -- just as they do in real life. I'd like to give this five stars. But a subplot involving vampires drags it down to pop culture level. And the copy editing deflated many of the magical moments. For example: saguaro cacti don't grow in Utah -- ONLY in southern Arizona and northern Mexico; Four Corners is in southwestern, not southeastern, Colorado; hibiscus don't grow on vines; stucco is used on walls, not roofs, unless you like leaky ceilings; the Rio Puerco is not blue; a direct flight from Albuquerque to Honolulu? I wish I could find one! But maybe that was part of the magic...?