Starcarbon: A Meditation on Love (2020)

Starcarbon: A Meditation on Love Ellen Gilchrist Starcarbon A Meditation on Love With tender humor brilliant insight and an unmistakable narrative voice National Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist returns to the celebrated Hand family and explores the world of complicated simme
  • Title: Starcarbon: A Meditation on Love
  • Author: Ellen Gilchrist
  • ISBN: 9780316314626
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
Starcarbon: A Meditation on Love Ellen Gilchrist With tender humor, brilliant insight, and an unmistakable narrative voice, National Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist returns to the celebrated Hand family and explores the world of complicated, simmering emotions, long the stuff of dreams and everlasting drama A long, strange summer is about to begin As tornadoes tear through America s heartland and the Soviet Union cruWith tender humor, brilliant insight, and an unmistakable narrative voice, National Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist returns to the celebrated Hand family and explores the world of complicated, simmering emotions, long the stuff of dreams and everlasting drama A long, strange summer is about to begin As tornadoes tear through America s heartland and the Soviet Union crumbles on television, Olivia de Havilland Hand finishes her first year of college and returns home to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to explore the mystery of her identity and her Cherokee heritage But even in a landscape steeped in memory, beneath the maple trees that fed her oxygen as a girl or on the gravel road where she first learned to drive, Olivia is surrounded by an all too present tangle of lives and loves her strong willed but fragile sister Jessie s travails with a new baby in New Orleans her anthropology professor s stormy affair with a fellow academic her aunt s blossoming relationship with a poet in Boston her lonely father s fear of losing his daughters and her own newfound romance with her old boyfriend, Bobby Tree In this complicated web of relationships, spread across the country, connecting past with present, each struggles to find peace and, hopefully, love The result is a masterful work of storytelling and a brilliant contemporary romantic comedy Out of this maelstrom of misunderstood mates, screaming babies, politically correct lovers, estranged teenagers, and overprotective fathers comes a poignant, keenly observed meditation on love.
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  1. Grace

    There is only one author whose books I absolutely must own Ellen Gilchrist I stumbled across her in my college library while browsing the shelves and ever since I have eagerly awaited each new publication Primarily a short story writer, Gilchrist has also written novels, poetry and essays Her books follow a sprawling cast of characters throughout their various families, hopes, loves, disasters, and triumphs In Starcarbon, Ellen Gilchrist focuses once again on the Hand family This Southern clan i [...]

  2. Angie Kaelberer

    I wish I could give 2.5 stars to this one, but can t really give 3, so 2 it is I have read a couple of Gilchrist s short stories over the years, so some of the characters were a bit familiar, but it seemed like you needed to have read of her work to really understand the characters and all the complicated family relationships she does include a family tree, but I didn t find it until I was almost through with the book The characters did stay with me and I wanted to know what happened to them af [...]

  3. Cathi95

    Romantic fiction 1995 First, I didn t realize this was several books in a series, so there was constant bringing up to date going on Second, the author s descriptions and background information were beautiful, which lured me into giving the book a shot anyway Third and last, the conversations between the characters were so stilted that I found it actually painful and tried to skim over to get back to the glorious descriptions Eventually, this wasn t working for me, so I gave up and did not compl [...]

  4. Rebekkila

    I went into this book with such high hopes, a lot of people really love Ellen Gichrist I will not be on of them The story was interesting and I think I might have liked it if it was written differently The story was about an extended family and the various dramas going on with the members of the family Some of the characters spoke in such extremes that it started really getting on my nerves I stopped reading about 100 pages from the end not because I didn t like the story, I just couldn t put up [...]

  5. Glen

    Gilchrist has lively women characters who are interesting, articulate, profane, funny, and irresistible Olivia Hand is the featured one in this novel, and while she s no Rhoda Manning but then, who is , her love affair with her rodeo star boyfriend and her two families one Cherokee, one Old South makes for compelling reading The novel ends, emphatically and symbolically enough, with a tornado and a horse rescue Whew Enough said.

  6. Margaret

    Powerful characters I really felt the love I think it may have made me loving, actually She does do that annoying thing, thought, where she makes characters think long monologues bordering on the author s autobiographical soapbox Like in soap operas where in order to explain the plot, the writers have characters talking to themselves in their room But otherwise, good oh, and a little cheesy.

  7. Patricia

    I enjoyed this family story and happy to hear that it is part of a series Beautifully written and the cultural tension for the young Hand daughters between being part of both a wealthy southern family and a much less well off Midwestern Native American family really worked for me.

  8. Cindy

    Apparently a continuation of a family sage of a large and sprawling family, this book held my interest for about 30 pages or so Then the mundane dialogue and lack of action made me chuck this and pick up something else Bland and boring.

  9. Ann Macon-ellis

    mostly really liked but found it disjointed at times and it did not always feel real it took me quite a while to read, not something I could not put down

  10. Jessie

    I obsessively read Ellen Gilchrest novels It s like the Sweet Valley High of yuppy literature that gets read on NPR.

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