Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars What makes Written in the Stars striking and quite wonderful is the ease and sagacity with which Ms Duncan writes about adolescence at an astonishingly young authorial age and the emotional resonance

  • Title: Written in the Stars
  • Author: Lois Duncan
  • ISBN: 9781939601148
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • What makes Written in the Stars striking and quite wonderful is the ease and sagacity with which Ms Duncan writes about adolescence at an astonishingly young authorial age and the emotional resonance she creates with characters we will know only briefly for such is the nature of short stories Wall Street JournalAn extraordinary look at the genesis of a great writer What makes Written in the Stars striking and quite wonderful is the ease and sagacity with which Ms Duncan writes about adolescence at an astonishingly young authorial age and the emotional resonance she creates with characters we will know only briefly for such is the nature of short stories Wall Street JournalAn extraordinary look at the genesis of a great writer s career, Written in the Stars is a collection of Lois Duncan s earliest stories composed from the ages of 13 through 22 From family relationships, to the joy and angst of first love, to the struggles of a young soldier returning from war with PTSD, this unique book, whose stories originally appeared in magazines such as Seventeen and American Girl, is a marvelous portrait of the depth and breadth of Duncan s youthful work As a special bonus, Lois has followed each story with a brief essay describing her work and life at the time the story was written Written in the Stars is a must have addition to the library of work from this spectacular and groundbreaking young adult author.

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    1. This is a collection of stories written by thriller/YA writer Lois Duncan in her teens and twenties. They're all set in the forties/fifties, which means they are a bit dated (pin curls! telegrams! nylons!) however some are timeless: breaking up with your first love. Feeling jealous when your older sister "gets" all the attention. Deciding to be beautiful rather than feeling plain. The last story is written from a teenage girl's bedroom's point of view is wistful and incredibly poignant. A wonder [...]

    2. Not sure how this made it onto my to-read list, but it was OK. I guess it would be useful in a high school classroom, but overall the collection was pretty sappy and I didn't feel like the author notes added a *ton* of insight to either social context or writerly craft. It was certainly pleasant, and I'd recommend it as a brain break, a sorbet between courses of high intensity realism.

    3. A-MAZ-ING! That is all I can say about this book. I am not a fan of the short story. In fact, they tend to drive me nuts. I can count on one hand the number of authors that I will read their short stories. This book was excellent on many fronts. First, to see the early writings of a woman who technically be called a prodigy in her writing abilities. Second, I loved the background information to what was occurring in the author's life, awards, etc. regarding each story. Third, the quality of the [...]

    4. I'm a huge fan of Lois Duncan's more contemporary children's and young adult fiction. Gift of Magic is one of my all time favorite books and Hotel and News for Dogs are masterful as well. Duncan does not treat her young readers like babies so her books are articulate and challenging.That being said, I'm not sure how well Written in the Stars will be received by modern teens. Many of the stories are set in the 40's, 50's and 60's, much more innocent times. But the themes of first and unrequited l [...]

    5. These short stories are obviously dated. Girls have more options after high school than wife, mother, teacher or secretary. There is no military draft causing young kids to rush into marriage before the guy is shipped overseas. On the other hand, every story resonated with my adolescence. Times may have changed but the basic feelings in relationships have not. I really enjoyed reading these short stories, glimpsing a different era and yet understanding the feelings and purpose presented in each [...]

    6. A collection of short stories, written by Lois Duncan in her teens and early 20s. God damn, she was so good so early. Great variety of stories, some malt shop, many with emotions teens can relate to today, and great notes about their genesis from her now. I'm really tempted to buy this one, and I rarely buy anything these days.

    7. I really liked these stories. Yes, they are dated, but Lois Duncan writes so sensitively about families and feelings and relationships. I especially loved the stories about brothers and sisters. She really captured the essence of the sibling relationship - they drive you crazy but you can't imagine your life without them. I can't believe how young she was when she wrote some of these!

    8. This collection of short stories was really sweet. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, after knowing Lois Duncan only for her suspense novels. But each story was cute and fun to read, if a bit outdated.

    9. Stories by Lois Duncan from her teens and early twenties - dated, from a more innocent era - but worth reading. I "slice of life" for a young adult in the WWII era.

    10. I loved these stories. She was an amazing writer at the age of 13, 15, 18 - it is all great. And so fun to read about teens back in the 50's.

    11. I have been a fan for too long to review this collection objectively. I loved the background about each of the stories, and wished there had been more to them.

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