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ISBN13: 9781451667110
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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.

In the seaside village of San Benedetto, a resort town on the Italian Riviera, twenty-two-year-old Etto finds himself adrift. Within the past year, Etto has not only lost both his twin brother and his mother, but in his grief has become estranged from his father, the local butcher. While his father passes the time with the men of the town in the fine tradition of Italian men everywhere — a reverential obsession with soccer — Etto retreats ever further from his day-to-day life, seeking solace in the hills above the town.

But then a Ukrainian soccer star, the great Yuri Fil, sweeps into San Benedetto, taking refuge himself from an international scandal. Soon Yuri and his captivating tomboy sister Zhuki invite Etto into their world of sport, celebrity, loyalty, and humor. Under their influence, Etto begins to reconstruct his relationship with his father and, slowly, open himself back up to the world. Who knows: perhaps the game of soccer isn't just a waste of time, and perhaps San Benedetto, his father, love, and life itself might have more to offer him than he ever believed possible.

The Sun and Other Stars is a gorgeous, celebratory tale about families, compromise, and community, and about how losses can be transformed into hope. Irresistible and unforgettable, it is a shimmering miracle of a book.

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"With a magician's sleight of hand, Brigid Pasulka once again conjures up a stunning chorus of characters....The Sun and Other Stars is storytelling at it's best, and Pasulka has made magic with this wise, poignant tale of love, community, and the sport that brings them all together!" Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai's Garden

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"[A] heartwarming second novel from award-winning writer Pasulka....[She] scores a refreshing success with her affectionate portrait of a small-town community and her fresh angle on an aching heart." Kirkus Reviews

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"Poetic....A beautiful story rich in detail and authenticity." Booklist

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"[A] celebration of young love, sunshine and la dolce vita..." O, The Oprah Magazine, Editor's Pick

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"How in the world did I just lose my heart to the entire village of San Benedetto, to its butchers and playboys and slackers and, most of all, its large population of swaggering elderly (mea culpa) soccer fans? Or maybe the question is this: How can a story about unbearable grief be so funny, so bawdy, so vibrant with the earthy joys of ordinary life? To that one, I know the answer: when it is told by someone with the uncommon wit of the fearless, tender, wise Brigid Pasulka. The Sun and Other Stars is, as its title promises, a wondrous and radiant novel." Julia Glass, author of The Widower's Tale and Three Junes

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Set in a seaside village on the Italian Riviera, this irresistible new novel by PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Brigid Pasulka tells the story of a widowed butcher and his son whose losses are transformed into love.

After losing his brother and mother within a year, twenty-two-year-old Etto finds himself adrift in his hometown, where every man's life revolves around soccer, except for his. Frustrated and lonely, Etto is faced with the seemingly impossible prospect of cobbling together the remaining pieces of his life, including his mostly nonexistent relationship with his father, the town butcher.

Things begin to change for Etto when Yuri Fil, a scandal-ridden Ukrainian soccer star and his tough-love sister, Zhuki, arrive in town, and sweep him into their universe of soccer, celebrity, laughter, and fierce loyalty. Under their influence, Etto begins to reconstruct his relationship with his father and learns a few life lessons: that perhaps the game of soccer isn't just a waste of time — and that San Benedetto, his father, love, and life itself might have more to offer him than he ever believed possible.

About the Author

Brigid Pasulka's debut novel, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True, won the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Pasulka currently lives in Chicago with her husband and runs the writing center at a public high school. Visit her website at BrigidPasulka.com.

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The Lost Entwife, March 20, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
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 cover..it 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.
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janmah51, March 10, 2014 (view all comments by janmah51)
Twenty-two year old Etto lives in the small resort seaside town of San Benedetto in Italy. The story takes place a year agter he loses both his twin brother and his mother. his father is the local butcher. His father is obsessed with soccer, as was his brother. Etto often retreats to the hills above the town to "talk" t his brother.
Yuri Fil is a soccer star who is retreating as well, only from international scandal. He winds up in San Benedetto with his sister, the lovely Zhuki. They strike up a friendship with Etto. Etto is now swept into their circle of sport and celebrity. This is a lovely tale of family, friends and the healing effect of sports. Soccer becomes the glue that holds a town and it's people together.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451667110
Author:
Pasulka, Brigid
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 336 pages Simon and Schuster - English 9781451667110 Reviews:
"Review" by , "With a magician's sleight of hand, Brigid Pasulka once again conjures up a stunning chorus of characters....The Sun and Other Stars is storytelling at it's best, and Pasulka has made magic with this wise, poignant tale of love, community, and the sport that brings them all together!"
"Review" by , "[A] heartwarming second novel from award-winning writer Pasulka....[She] scores a refreshing success with her affectionate portrait of a small-town community and her fresh angle on an aching heart."
"Review" by , "Poetic....A beautiful story rich in detail and authenticity."
"Review" by , "[A] celebration of young love, sunshine and la dolce vita..."
"Review" by , "How in the world did I just lose my heart to the entire village of San Benedetto, to its butchers and playboys and slackers and, most of all, its large population of swaggering elderly (mea culpa) soccer fans? Or maybe the question is this: How can a story about unbearable grief be so funny, so bawdy, so vibrant with the earthy joys of ordinary life? To that one, I know the answer: when it is told by someone with the uncommon wit of the fearless, tender, wise Brigid Pasulka. The Sun and Other Stars is, as its title promises, a wondrous and radiant novel."
"Synopsis" by , Set in a seaside village on the Italian Riviera, this irresistible new novel by PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Brigid Pasulka tells the story of a widowed butcher and his son whose losses are transformed into love.

After losing his brother and mother within a year, twenty-two-year-old Etto finds himself adrift in his hometown, where every man's life revolves around soccer, except for his. Frustrated and lonely, Etto is faced with the seemingly impossible prospect of cobbling together the remaining pieces of his life, including his mostly nonexistent relationship with his father, the town butcher.

Things begin to change for Etto when Yuri Fil, a scandal-ridden Ukrainian soccer star and his tough-love sister, Zhuki, arrive in town, and sweep him into their universe of soccer, celebrity, laughter, and fierce loyalty. Under their influence, Etto begins to reconstruct his relationship with his father and learns a few life lessons: that perhaps the game of soccer isn't just a waste of time — and that San Benedetto, his father, love, and life itself might have more to offer him than he ever believed possible.

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