Book Review: The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka

The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-02-04
Genres: Coming of Age, Fiction, General, Literary
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Simon and Schuster

Brigid Pasulka’s PEN/Hemingway award-winning debut novel was compared to the works of Jonathan Safran Foer by the New York Times and hailed by Elle as “storytelling that gets under your skin and forces you to press copies into your best friends’ hands.” Now The Sun and Other Stars, Pasulka’s extraordinary second novel, is all that and more: a profound, compelling, and big-hearted masterpiece that showcases an exquisite writer at the joyful height of her talents.

I received this book for free from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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My Review:

I’ve been stewing on this review for quite some time now.  You see, I read The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka in early December.  I couldn’t wait, because it was in my hands, I loved her previous (and debut) novel, A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True, and the just taunted me every time I opened my e-reader.  So I read it.  And it was completely unlike anything I expected.  You see, I went into The Sun and Other Stars thinking it would be similar to Pasulka’s previous novel, but it was so very different – or so I thought.

But now, as I sit here months later, thinking back on the story, on the parts that really stuck with me, I realize that in spite of having a completely different setting, the magic was still there for me.  I know absolutely nothing about football (or, as we call it here, soccer), yet I was completely sucked in by the story that Pasulka told in this book.  The reason that the story has stuck with me for so long in such an intense way is because, in spite of the sport involved and all of the jargon that’s part of writing and reading about that sport, and in spite of my lack of interest in it at all, I still absolutely loved every element of The Sun and Other Stars.

What Pasulka does best is write romantic love stories.  I’m not talking sparks flying, instant love between two gorgeous people who have no flaws, love stories.  I’m not talking Twilight creepy stories or love stories that seem as if they are teetering on a very high cliff, ready to fall off and into pieces at the merest breath of a wind.  I’m talking a love story that grows from the roots up – that takes two seemingly ordinary people and makes them extraordinary, simply because of the love they share for the other person.  That’s what The Sun and Other Stars is about, at its core.  It’s about love: not just romantic stories either, but love between family and friends, and love within the community.

I identified so well with The Sun and Other Stars in spite of our differences.  I don’t speak the jargon that Pasulka had to beef up on in order to write a story that used sports as its platform, but I know what her heart was saying through the medium of this book, and I have to say, I’m just as in love with what she wrote here as I was with her previous book.  I’m a fan and cannot wait for her next release.

Check out these reviews!

  • “Despite my initial reservations, I found it quite heart warming and closed the book thoroughly satisfied with the way things turned out.” – More Than Just Magic
  • “Overall Pasulka has writing a very beautiful an intimate novel that has the potential to make soccer appealing to those who aren’t fans of the sport before reading the book.”  – Words of Mystery
  • “This is one to remember. I highly recommend this, and I urge you to check it out.” – Coffee and a Book Chick

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