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The Stars in the Bright Sky Paperback – January 1, 0100

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Hardbacks (January 1, 0100)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224071289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224071284
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,227,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ripple on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In 1999, Alan Warner introduced us to a wonderful set of characters in "The Sopranos" when a school choir from a backwater town in Scotland went on a trip to the big city. Much debauchery ensued. "The Stars in the Bright Sky" once again reunites most of the original gang and there is no need to have read the first book to pick up on the diverse characters. Now though, they've grown up (or at least got older!) and are gathered at Gatwick Airport to set off on a girls' holiday.

The epigraph is from Kafka and Warner pitch perfectly uses the socially equalising, Kafkaesque effect of passengers in transit to bring his disparate group together. The biggest character is the supreme chav, Manda whose toxicity is awe inspiring. Think your average "Big Brother" wannabe. In fact, that's her dream. She has stayed in the town where she grew up, along with Kylah and Chell, while Kay and Finn have escaped to university, to study architecture and philosophy respectively, and are here again reunited along with Finn's mysteriously beautiful and rich English friend, Ava. Manda in particular though is genuinely very funny, albeit in a way that you wouldn't want to encounter very often.

The girls' initial plans for a cheap European holiday are quashed when Manda (who else?) loses her passport and so, with a day to kill, the girls set off for a day in the country at Hever Castle before plans are re-scheduled. Much of the time is spent in the soulless confines of the airport bars.

I have slightly mixed views about the book though. On the one hand, it is very, very funny in places and it kept me reading wanting to know what was going to happen. It's certainly entertaining and a great deal of fun. It would make a good holiday reading choice.

However, I have reservations about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Henshel VINE VOICE on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was an incredible book. It is a follow-up to Warner's electrifying 1999 The Sopranos, where readers first meet the Scottish girls, Fionnula, Chell, Manda, Kylah, and Kay - and in this book, there's the addition of Finn's college friend Ava, an English girl who shakes up the fmailiarity of the old friends. Aiming to plan a holiday to wherever they can afford, the girls gather at Gatwick. Trapped in the timeless space of airport shopping and airport hotels, so much is revealed that the book reads like eavesdropping- that real and that uncomfortable, but I loved them even more this time than last, which says more than I can say. This might be the best book I've read this year, but it's complicated by the fact that I feel like reading The Sopranos is necessary to grok it fully
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