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A Trip to the Stars

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ISBN13: 9780385318044
ISBN10: 0385318049
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At a Manhattan planetarium in 1965, a boy is kidnapped from his young adoptive aunt, an event that profoundly alters the rest of their lives. In an epic tale of love and destiny, A Trip to the Stars charts their paths over the next fifteen years, as they search for each other and in the process, discover themselves.

When ten-year-old Loren is whisked away by strangers, he believes he has been mistaken for another child. But his abductor turns out to be a blood relative--his great-uncle Junius Samax, a wealthy former gambler who lives in a converted Las Vegas hotel, surrounded by a priceless collection of art and antiquities, and a host of idiosyncratic guests, each in search of the lost treasures of the universe. Finding his own place in Samax's magical world, Loren pieces together the story of his mother, and the complicated history that led to his adoption shortly before she died.

But in New York, Loren's aunt, Mala, knows only that he has disappeared. Distraught after her year-long search for him proves fruitless, she quits college and enlists in the Navy Nursing Corps at the height of the Vietnam War. On a hospital ship in the South Pacific, her grief over Loren is subsumed by her love for a wounded navigator. Yet just as she opens her heart, he too vanishes--pronounced missing in action on his next mission. Devastated again, Mala begins a restless ten-year journey, moving from island to island around the globe, hoping to overcome the losses that have transformed her life.

Fusing imagination, scholarship, and suspense with remarkable narrative skill, Nicholas Christopher builds a story of tremendous scope as he traces the intricate latticework of Mala and Loren's lives. Each remains separate from the other, but both are tied in ways they cannot imagine--until the final, miraculous chapter of this extraordinary novel comes to an end.

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A Trip to the Stars begins in Manhattan when ten-year-old Loren is kidnapped from his young adoptive aunt, Mala, and over the next fifteen years travels to realms both real and imaginary. Whisked to Las Vegas by an abductor who turns out to be his wealthy great-uncle, Loren grows up in a converted hotel amid a host of idiosyncratic guests, each determined to discover the lost treasures of the universe. Mala, devastated by her nephew's disappearance, embarks on a restless journey that takes her first to Vietnam and then leaves her island-hopping around the world — until the stars themselves light the way to a miraculous reunion.

Fusing imagination, scholarship, and suspense with remarkable narrative skill, Christopher creates an epic tale of love and destiny.

About the Author

Nicholas Christopher is the author of two previous novels, The Soloist and Veronica, seven books of poetry, and a nonfiction book, Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City. He lives in New York City.

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Jennifer Letourneau, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by Jennifer Letourneau)
If you are looking for a "beach book", with simple characters and storyline, this is not the book for you. A Trip To The Stars is one of my all time favorite books. It starts with an little boy's kidnapping, impossible to fathom as a parent, and follows two people through life as they struggle to find normalcy and always wonder what happened to the other. Nicholas Christopher spends much time developing characters and discussing their history, and while to some this seems tedious, he has an amazing way of tying up loose ends as the book progresses. Each time I read this book, I encounter something new - a new character that didn't stand out before, a new storyline that I didn't follow the first time, or a new line that stands out as more meaningful this time around. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that take you deeper than expected, or for those of you who, like me, enjoy a book that gets better the more you return to it. Happy reading!
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jodycoyote, September 14, 2011 (view all comments by jodycoyote)
I really enjoyed this great read! Nicholas Christopher is a wonderful writer and the story is quite epic! (You need to keep track of the characters as you read along & you'll see why as many people come and go with names you'll need to remember based on their place in the story.)
While there is much fiction in this story, there are also some historical types of events surrounding the characters and settings, which are interesting, from the time period of the Viet Nam war and such.
I would highly recommend this book. I only wish this author would publish more novels with this high of interest level!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385318044
Author:
Christopher, Nicholas
Publisher:
Dial Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Vietnam
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Adopted children
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Series Volume:
GTR-462
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
499 p.
Dimensions:
9.50x6.65x1.41 in. 1.82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A Trip to the Stars begins in Manhattan when ten-year-old Loren is kidnapped from his young adoptive aunt, Mala, and over the next fifteen years travels to realms both real and imaginary. Whisked to Las Vegas by an abductor who turns out to be his wealthy great-uncle, Loren grows up in a converted hotel amid a host of idiosyncratic guests, each determined to discover the lost treasures of the universe. Mala, devastated by her nephew's disappearance, embarks on a restless journey that takes her first to Vietnam and then leaves her island-hopping around the world — until the stars themselves light the way to a miraculous reunion.

Fusing imagination, scholarship, and suspense with remarkable narrative skill, Christopher creates an epic tale of love and destiny.

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