The Sight of the Stars

The Sight of the Stars

by Belva Plain
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The Sight of the Stars by Belva Plain

New York Times bestselling author Belva Plain beguiles us once again with a novel that explores the bonds that sustain families—and the lies that can shatter them forever. Sweeping through the pivotal events of twentieth-century America, The Sight of the Stars chronicles four generations of one remarkable family as they journey through years of love, loss, sacrifice, and unimaginable betrayal.

Dressed in a brand-new suit, with one hundred and fifty dollars in his pocket, Adam Arnring says good-bye to his family and boards a train for the fabled West. The year is 1907. Adam is nineteen years old, a young man with stars in his eyes who has always dreamed of a future in the great open spaces of America. Now, far from his New Jersey home, he takes the first step toward attaining that dream, landing a job in a small department store in a booming Texas town. Here he meets a woman who excites him beyond all measure. The exquisite, untouchable Emma Rothirsch lives in a world whose doors are firmly closed to him. But Adam is a man willing to take great risks to get what he wants.

One is Emma. The other is to build a lasting business enterprise that will live on through his children and grandchildren. But just when Adam’s dreams are within reach, fate intervenes. Tragedy strikes from the trenches of World War I, setting in motion a series of events that echo down through the years. The owner of a prospering department store and the head of a growing family, Adam succumbs to a moment of weakness that culminates in an unforgivable act of betrayal. And now, as another generation prepares to take its rightful place in the family’s legendary empire, the tenuous threads of the Arnrings’ past begin to unravel, revealing a shattering secret that reaches back nearly a century.

Across a teeming canvas of history, through world wars and the close of a century, The Sight of the Stars tells a deeply affecting story of family and forgiveness, guilt and redemption. Brimming with the emotional depth and moral complexity we have come to expect from this incomparable storyteller, The Sight of the Stars is about what happens when we dare to dream, and the moments that can change families forever.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736696944
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

About the Author

Belva Plain captured readers' hearts with her first novel, Evergreen, which Delacorte published more than 30 years ago. It topped the New York Times best-seller list for 41 weeks and aired as an NBC-TV miniseries. In total, more than 20 of her books have been New York Times best sellers.

Before becoming a novelist,  Belva Plain wrote short stories for many major magazines, but taking care of a husband and three children did not give her the time to concentrate on the novel she had always wanted to write. When she looked back and said she didn't have the time, she felt as though she had been making excuses. In retrospect, she said, "I didn't make the time." But, she reminded us, during the era that she was raising her family, women were supposed to concentrate only on their children. Today 30 million copies of her books are in print.

A Barnard College graduate who majored in history,  Belva Plain enjoyed a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to Irving Plain, an ophthalmologist. Widowed for more than 25 years, Ms. Plain continued to reside in New Jersey, where she and her husband had raised their family and which was still home to her nearby children and grandchildren until her death in October 2010.

From the Hardcover edition.

Date of Birth:

October 9, 1915

Date of Death:

October 12, 2010

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Short Hills, New Jersey


B.A., Barnard College

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Sight of the Stars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pleasant reading, style somewhat like Edna Ferber. The characters were nicely developed however, I was hoping on a revelation at the end of the book and was disappointed with a predictable finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an very excellent book. Hard to put down. All her books are excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Belvia Plain lives up to my expectations - she never disappoints. In my opinion, she is one of the best authors ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both the characters and the plot of this latest Belva Plain novel are rich and so easy to relate to. Adam and Emma are people you might easily meet anywhere, and the author leaves you with a redemptive ending you will never expect. Ms. Plain gets better with age, and I've read everyone of her novels.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Have read all of Belva Plain's books. Could not put this book down....has to be one of her best if not THE best. What a wonderful, heartfelt story.....I did not want it to end! Can't wait for her next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I could not put it down until I finished. This is the best book I have read in awhile. I love how Ms. Plain takes the character from his boyhood until his death. She creates some very interesting characters while taking us through the decades of the last century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1907, teenager Adam Arnring leaves New Jersey and his family to head west. After three days by train, Adam listens to the conductor talk about Chatahoochie, Texas probably rolling in money. He leaves the train at the small stop and wanders around until he enters Rothirsch¿s, a shabby store, where he might buy a book or two. There he observes a fight between two older people and a beautiful female his age trying to play peacemaker. When Reilly quits, Adam surprises himself by asking for the job from the widow Mrs. Rothirsch. He is somewhat introduced to the young woman Emma, but it is made clear by his boss that her niece is way beyond his reach. Adam proves to be a boom for the small retail business that soon turns into a successful department store and ultimately he marries Emma. However, World War One hits home with the death of one of his stepbrothers and a tryst uncovered by his odious other stepbrother leads to blackmail as Adam tries to hide his betrayal of Emma. Life goes on with children and grandchildren.

THE SIGHT OF THE STARS is a solid historical fiction tale focusing on the life of Adam. The story line uses historical events as an indirect backdrop so that the reader has a sense of time. However, Adam is Mr. Perfect except for his one indiscretion and Emma is even more perfect than he is. Their offspring¿s are also perfect. Thus readers receive a solid tale, but life seems too easy for the Arnring brood. Still Belva Plain fans will enjoy this twentieth century saga though perfection eliminates any major tension.

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Eats the leaf and licks his cheek then pads back into camp
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Smiles evily
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