From the critically acclaimed author of In the Company of Angels, comes a novel about physics, memory, and the mystery of a mother’s forgotten past.
Lucienne Kundera, an astrophysicist, has uncovered a black hole as mysterious as the secrets in her life. Lucienne’s mother, Helene, 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. Helene claims to have no recollection of these past events, but when she and Lucienne visit Paris, the city of Helene’s youth, Helene 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.
“It is the kind of book that needs to be read two times to fully capture all of the nuances Kelby invests in it . . . Kelby’s writing has a dreamy quality that succeeds in capturing the world’s romantic vision of astronomy and physics.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Kelby’s radioactive spider web of a novel is as psychologically loaded as it is suspenseful, as penetrating in its condemnation of war as in its searing insights into twisted love and fractured families.” —Booklist (starred review)
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