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Title: The Night of the Comet
Author: George Bishop
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOKS OF 2013 From the acclaimed author of Letter to My Daughter comes an engrossing coming of age tale that deftly conveys the hopes and heartaches of adolescence and the unfulfilled dreams that divide a family, played out against the backdrop of a small southern town in 1973 For his fourteenth birthday, Alan Broussard, Jr receives a telescopeA KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOKS OF 2013 From the acclaimed author of Letter to My Daughter comes an engrossing coming of age tale that deftly conveys the hopes and heartaches of adolescence and the unfulfilled dreams that divide a family, played out against the backdrop of a small southern town in 1973 For his fourteenth birthday, Alan Broussard, Jr receives a telescope from his father, a science teacher at the local high school who s eagerly awaiting what he promises will be the astronomical event of the century the coming of Comet Kohoutek For Alan Broussard, Sr frustrated in his job, remote from his family the comet is a connection to his past and a bridge to his son, with whom he s eager to share his love for the stars But the only heavenly body Junior has any interest in is his captivating new neighbor and classmate, Gabriella Martello, whose bedroom sits within eyeshot of his telescope s lens Meanwhile, his mother, Lydia, sees the comet and her husband s obsession with it as one thing that keeps her from the bigger, brighter life she once imagined for herself far from the swampy environs of Terrebonne, Louisiana With Kohoutek drawing ever closer, the family begins to crumble under the weight of expectations, until a startling turn of events will leave both father and son much less certain about the laws that govern their universe Illuminating and unforgettable, The Night of the Comet is a novel about the perils of growing up, the longing for connection, and the idea that love and redemption can be found among the stars.Advance praise for The Night of the Comet A quiet, occasionally bittersweet novel about the differences between desire and disappointment, expectations and reality Booklist Hilarious and heart wrenching, ethereal and earthy, The Night of the Comet points us to the fragile universe of dreams and disappointments, joy and tragedy, saying here it is, all of it feast your eyes on the magic It s a heavenly book Nobody writes about the gravitational pull of parent child relationships all that we yearn for and all that we can t have like George Bishop Minrose Gwin, author of The Queen of Palmyra Equally sweet and sad, this is a fine novel of love and forgiveness Stewart O Nan, author of Snow Angels Bishop s one of our best, and this book s a quiet marvel Josh Russell, author of Yellow Jack A deft, clear eyed, and sensitive examination of the mysterious bonds of family, the allure of the unattainable, and love and desire and their consequences in all their many forms Ellen Baker, author of I Gave My Heart to Know This