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The Astral by Kate Christensen
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Aug 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Read from August 15 to 21, 2011

A smart, funny, knowing novel, populated with believable characters and located in the perfect spot (Brooklyn) for everything to come together. The book focuses on the dissolution of a long marriage, and the effect of the end of the relationship on the likable but self-centered protagonist, a poet entering his dotage. Questions of faith, fidelity, and friendship propel the story forward nicely.

Chapter 12 is perfect -- a conversation on the topic of unrequited love between platonic friends long thought to have been lovers. I read it, then read it again, for the express purpose of luxuriating in the beautiful, but ultimately sad, dialogue.

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