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Variable Stars

by Christina Koning

Travel back to the Age of Enlightenment and meet three astronomers. Austen-like language, intricate social customs and realistic domestic details make you feel like an eye-witness. But the quest for love, meaning and fulfilment transform this story into a universal and hugely moving novel.

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As he lies there, it seems to him that his whole life revolves in front of him, with the stars. There is his childhood, very pale and distant, a mere speck in that vast blackness; and there (only a little brighter) the moment of his fame. How brief is a man's life, compared to the immensity which lies before him! It is like a comet, flashing across the sky, and gone in an instant. Although even the stars are not eternal. Are they, too, not subject to change? Variable bodies, dimming and brightening in time...

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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Longitude by Dava Sobel
The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
 

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