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Light from a Distant Star

Mary McGarry Morris.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780307451866
Pages/Publication Date 327/2011
Daedalus Item Code 38420
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Nellie Peck is on the cusp of adolescence—gangly, awkward, full of questions, but keenly observant—in this powerful eighth novel from the author of A Dangerous Woman and Songs in Ordinary Time, National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Mary McGarry Morris. The person Nellie most admires is her father Benjamin, though the family's century-old hardware store is failing, and with her mother working again, Nellie is often saddled with her timid younger brother Henry. Three fascinating people enter her life in her 13th summer: brooding ex-con Max Devaney, reckless Bucky Saltonstall, and pretty Dolly Bedelia. But a brutal murder in the Peck house will force Nellie—who knows the killer—to weigh everything she cares about against the truth.

"A timeless and timely look at small town life.... Morris' page-turner, (which evokes To Kill a Mockingbird) will satisfy her fans and send new readers searching for her earlier titles."—Washington Post

"Morris' finely crafted prose—simple and lyrical—captures perfectly that sliver of pre-adolescence when the very world around us seems to shudder and shift, when the adults we admire suddenly reveal their flaws, and everything we treasure seems to be slipping away."—Associated Press

"Mary McGarry Morris doesn't so much tell a story as spin a delicate and powerful web. With her elegant prose, beautifully drawn characters, and perfect pitch dialog, she lured me in. And with her intense and gripping plot, she had me ensnared. I was in love with the sensitive, smart and plucky Nellie from the very first moment I met her and I'll be thinking of her for a good long time. [This] is a wonderful, powerful novel not to be missed."—Lisa Unger

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