The Heavens

The Heavens

by Sandra Newman

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ISBN-13: 9780802129024
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 35,644
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sandra Newman is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Cake, and The Country of Ice Cream Star, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR. She is the author of the memoir Changeling as well as several other nonfiction books. Her work has appeared in Harper’s and Granta, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

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Ben met Kate at a rich girl’s party. He didn’t know the rich girl personally; it was one of those parties where no one knew the hostess. He’d come with the rich girl’s cousin’s co-worker, whom he instantly lost in the crowd. It had started out as a dinner party, but the invitations proliferated, spreading epidemically through friends of friends until it turned into a hundred people. So the rich girl opened up both floors, made punch instead of risotto, and ordered a thousand dumplings from a Chinese restaurant. It was August and you had to let things happen the way they wanted to happen. Everyone was in their twenties then, anyway, so that was how they thought.

It turned out to be a mostly francophone party, conversational and quiet; a party with the windows open to the night, a party where people sat talking on the floor. Most of the illumination was from solar-powered tea lights, which the rich girl had hung on the fire escapes all day to charge, then pasted along the walls. That light reflected softly from the heavy glass tumblers into which wine was poured. There wasn’t even music playing. The rich girl said it gave her bad dreams. New York City, so everyone was interning at a Condé Nast publication or a television program or the UN. Everyone a little in love with each other; the year 2000 in the affluent West.

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The Heavens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheBibliovert 29 days ago
I liked this book, but not at first.  I felt the book started off a bit slow and I found it a bit frustrating as I wasn't sure where this book was going. The plot developed rather slowly. The transitions between Kate's dreams and reality were a bit confusing. I found that  Kate's dreams were vivid in comparison to the portrayal of her perceived reality. I found this book, The Heavens, to be a difficult book to review.  Personally, I have never read a book like this before and it's hard for me to really describe how I feel about it.  It was bothersome, fascinating, captivating, sad, complicated, and a bit bizarre. My recommendation is to not read too much into this book before reading it. Which sounds odd, but it is a book that you will want to experience for yourself.  *I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in return for an honest review. I would like to thank Grove Atlantic, Sandra Newman and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.
lee2staes 3 months ago
The Heavens by Sandra Newman I love this book. It’s a book about love, about dreams, about reincarnation. It’s a very interesting book and different from any other I’ve ever read. I like the authors style. I highly recommend this book. I will be reading more of this author. Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.