Light from a Distant Star

Light from a Distant Star

by Mary McGarry Morris

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ISBN-13: 9780307451866
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

MARY MCGARRY MORRIS was a National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist for her first novel Vanished, published in 1988.  A Dangerous Woman, published in 1991, was chosen by Time magazine as one of the "Five Best Novels of the Year" and was made into a major motion picture.  Her next novel Songs In Ordinary Time was a CBS television movie as well as an Oprah Book Club selection in 1997, propelling it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list as well as making it an international bestseller.
Since then she has written four highly acclaimed novels, the most recent of which was The Last Secret, published by Crown in 2009. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Light from a Distant Star 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story told from a thirteen year old girl's viewpoint••• This is an adult book with adult situations and told brillently! Well worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfulmnovel
GreatImaginations on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This was seriously one of the strangest books I have ever read. I'm trying to get into more literary fiction, and so far I have liked it very much. Some of the stuff I read is borderline, but I think this fit the description of literary fiction very well. It definitely had a distinct style and voice. More on that in a minute. It has been compared in some reviews to To Kill a Mockingbird and I really can't comment on that because that is one classic I have not read yet. I know. But it's on the list and I will get to it at some point. The story here is tragic. And to be honest, kind of hard to find. It's buried in there well. There isn't much of a story at all for the first 100 or so pages. If you are looking for a quickly paced and riveting novel, this isn't it. Yeah, there's a murder. And a trial. But it's certainly not a legal thriller either. I guess you could call it a coming-of-age story, but personally, I don't think that works either. The narrative is meandering and it definitely has elements of a character study. I guess what I am trying to say is that Light from a Distant Star is very much a genre-bending read. It's a literary fiction, coming-of-age, murder mystery, character study novel. Phew! And still that doesn't completely cover it. Like I said, it takes a while to get to the point. But when it finally does it's worth it. There were a few times when I contemplated putting it down because it really wasn't doing anything for me. But then I was like, "Oh, what the heck, I'll read a couple of more pages." And then from there it turned into 20 more pages, and then 50, and before I knew it, I was really into the story and didn't want to put it down. And I didn't. I stayed up until dawn reading this, and I'm still not sure whether I liked it or not. I think I did, but it was so different from anything I have ever read before, that it's very hard for me to rate, summarize and review. It's style was a bit strange too. It felt like it was written in a different time, almost historical, but it wasn't. It's contemporary. Weird. Very weird. And that's what I mean about distinctive style. It was very much like a game of 'Chutes and Ladders.' Very up and down and all over the place, but in a good way. I'd definitely recommend it to fans of literary fiction. Maybe Jodi Picoult fans and fans of that type of fiction. But keep in mind the distinctive style and that there is a plot, it is just more of a character study than plot-driven. And that's just my personal opinion. And the characters aren't very likeable. Well, most of them anyway. You'll see what I mean. If you think this was a strange review, wait until you pick up the book. It gets weirder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book nor the author's style of writing.
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Ill miss u too. Ill visit sometimes. Bye. She left.