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The Stars Change Paperback – March 3, 2015
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About the Author
Mary Anne Mohanraj teaches fiction at Vermont College and Roosevelt University. She is the author of two collections of literary writings, Silence and the Word and Torn Shapes of Desire, a Sri Lankan cookbook, A Taste of Serendib, and was the recipient of a 2006 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Top customer reviews
We follow a number of characters, whose intersecting stories give a fuller picture of the invasion than following only one perspective would. Amidst tragedy, characters of all backgrounds work together to solve and to save, just like in the real world.
I liked how human and alien perspectives alternate, and how much Mohanraj was able to pack into a relatively short book. Her imagining of different families, relationships and backgrounds is also interesting. I will definitely keep Mary Anne Mohanraj on my list of authors to follow!
We hear different stories -- or are they different facets of a single story? -- from the different characters. Something terrible has happened. It tosses them about like leaves in a sudden wind and jams them together willy-nilly. The interesting part is what happens next: everyone reacts differently. Unlike the Standard Hero, all of the characters are ordinary people with ordinary fears and troubles. Their worries and their victories feel real.
I enjoy the writing very much. Mary Anne Mohanraj has created a world heavily seasoned with Indian customs that are unfamiliar to me, yet she describes them with an ease that makes them flow easily through the stories.
I was sad when the book ended because I wanted to hear so much more about the characters' lives and about what came next. I think that's one of the best things about these interwoven stories: there's always room to pick up another thread and follow it into new territory.
I'm hoping for more!