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Light from a Distant Star is the moving and powerful story of innocence and betrayal told in the endearingly wise voice of 13-year-old Nellie Peck. It is early summer, and her beloved father’s business is failing. Her mother has to go back to work, and Nellie’s older half sister has launched a troubling search for her birth father. Forced to take care of her shy younger brother, Nellie is determined to make him—and herself—toughen up.
Three strangers enter Nellie’s protected life: mysterious and brutish Max Devaney works in her grandfather’s junkyard, the thieving Bucky Saltonstall has just arrived from New York City, and Dolly Bedelia, a young stripper who rents the small apartment in the back of the Pecks’ house, becomes the titillating focus of Nellie’s eavesdropping.
Nellie is justly proud of her own infallible lie detector until violence erupts in her young life and she is silenced by fear and scandal. The truth, as she believes it, is shocking and unthinkable, and with everyone’s eyes riveted on her in the courtroom, Nellie finds herself compromised by moral confusion. No one will listen, no one believes her, and a man’s life hangs in the balance.
A stunning evocation of innocence lost, Light from a Distant Star stands as one of the most engaging novels yet from the best-selling author of Songs in Ordinary Time.
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By RueRue on 10-06-17
Slow start, rushed ending
After a slow start, the story became interesting. But an abrupt ending, which wrapped up all the previous suspense in about (3) sentences, was a huge letdown. Another author that doesn't know how to write a decent finale. Very disappointing.
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By claudia on 11-22-12
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Probably not. Story line was predictable. Kept waiting for the twist I didn't see coming... But it never came.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Did Amy Rubinate do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Was Light from a Distant Star worth the listening time?
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