Synopses & Reviews
At a Manhattan planetarium in 1965, ten-year-old Enzo and his young aunt, Mala, are separated, 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.
As Enzo and Mala cross continents and seas on their separate journeys, they encounter a dizzying array of people: an arachnologist in New Orleans, an asteroid specialist, a wounded B-52 navigator in Vietnam, a professional mind reader, a maverick NASA astronomer, and countless others. All of them are searching for things they have lost loved ones, opportunities, enlightenment. Through them Mala and Enzo discover a world steeped in mystery, romance, and intellectual adventure.
A Trip to the Stars is both a love story and a coming-of-age story that shows us what happens when we lose what matters most. Fusing imagination and suspense with remarkable narrative skill, Nicholas Christopher builds a story of tremendous scope that lingers in detail and sensation long after the last page has been turned.
"Breathtaking coincidences, magical occurrences, dramatic confrontations, mystical beliefs, the influence of astronomical phenomenon and the intriguing confluence of fate and chance are plot elements that bubble like champagne in Christopher's brilliantly labyrinthine new novel." Publishers Weekly
"Christopher successfully blends a love of astronomy, travel, and architecture with intriguing bits of arachnology and space travel. Enigmatic but touching." Library Journal
"Extraordinary...a dizzying ride...and elegant, idiosyncratic work of art." Chicago Tribune
"Hip Sexy...a novel in which anything can happen....Mr. Christopher is a superbly lyrical and descriptive writer." New York Times Book Review
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.
Table of Contents
- The Planetarium
- New Orleans
- The Abandoned Factory
- The Hospital Ship
- The Hotel Canopus
- The Hôtel Alnilam
- The Education of Enzo
- The Sky-City
- The Stardust
- The Hotel Rigel
- Dead Letter
- A Trip to the Stars