The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

The Brightest Star in the SkyFans of Marian Keyes already know that she’s got a real knack for addressing serious social issues with wit and compassion. Her books are always funny, compelling, touching, and impossible to put down. The Brightest Star in the Sky is no exception.

This novel observes the stories of the residents of 66 Star Street, Dublin, as seen through the eyes of a special and at times comical spirit with (almost) omniscient insight. Focusing on an old woman living on the first floor, a wild and crazy young Irish woman taxi driver, a young couple completely in love, and the on-again-off-again romance between a music executive and a very rich businessman who specializes in downsizing corporations, these unlikely set of characters come to life and begin to influence each other in surprising ways.

As the story progresses, the reader begins to understand that not all is as it seems, and it gradually becomes clear that the damages of rape, and the damages of Alzheimer’s, have had a significant impact on the townhouse’s residents.

As is wonderfully typical in Keyes’ novels, mishaps and reconciliations lead to a very happy and satisfying ending. Readers will be thrilled to find out just who this impish spirit is in the end and will close the novel feeling very good about the real possibility of recovery, resiliency, and moving on. That, and cosmic justice! This is a perfect pick for book clubs looking to be both entertained and inspired.

Penguin; ISBN 978-0-14311-849-7; $16.
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