Theater of the Stars: A Novel of Physics and Memory

Theater of the Stars: A Novel of Physics and Memory

by N. M. Kelby


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Theater of the Stars: A Novel of Physics and Memory by N. M. Kelby

ucienne Kundera, an astrophysicist, has uncovered a black hole as mysterious as the secrets in her life. Lucienne's mother, Hlne, is a scientist as well, who was captured during World War II. She eventually escaped and disappeared, reappearing years later in New Mexico with Lucienne. Hlne claims to have no recollection of these past events, but when she and Lucienne visit Paris, the city of Hlne's youth, Hlne is overcome by memories and secrets, and attempts suicide. Lucienne becomes dangerously obsessed with uncovering her mother's past, while at the same time attempting to solve a celestial mystery so dark and dense that its nature cannot be revealed. Theater of the Stars is a finely crafted novel sure to establish Kelby as a storyteller of unique sensitivity and wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786868582
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: 07/16/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Reading Group Guide

1. How does work drive both the daughter’s and the mother’s relationship to each other? To the world?

2. What is the relationship of the "M-Theory" to Helene’s discovery?

3. What are the implications of Helen’s discovery?

4. Create a sequel.

5. What are the conflicting issues that members of The Manhattan Project seemed to face?

6. The author tells two stories at once––although both are set in times of war. Why?

7. What are the parallels between WWII and 9-11?

8. What role do men play in the book?

9. What struggles do women, including Marie Curie, face in science?

10. What statement do you believe the author is trying to make about peace?

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