The Life History of a Star

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Simon and Schuster, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 200 pages
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Kristin Folger feels like she's on another planet. Her body keeps changing shape. Her mother wants her to dress like a girl. Her best friend's dating a weirdo. Her grandmother seems to be getting younger. And there's a ghost in the family's attic whom no one wants to talk about.

In the era of Watergate, the Vietnam War, and David Bowie, fourteen-year-old Kristin navigates the external and internal changes that come at top speed. Set in California in the early 1970s, "The Life History of a Star" is Kristin's sometimes comical, sometimes cynical, always thoughtful diary about what her life has been like since the ghost arrived. It takes a lot of time and an unforgettable family therapy session for Kristin to begin to learn who the ghost was -- and who he still is. And where on earth she fits in.

Caught up in the politics of her time and in the middle of a family who doesn't always understand her, Kristin makes a memorable journey through the byways of adolescence -- all the way to the stars and back again.


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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. But what happens when your ghost lingers? Easton's story, set during the Vietnam war, addresses the aftermath of combat faced by one family and (after two wars ... Read full review

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Kelly Easton has a B.A. in theater from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of California, San Diego. She has published stories in such literary journals as The Connecticut Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Iris, and Frontiers and won first prize in the North Carolina Writers' Network 1997 Fiction Competition. For the past six years, she was a lecturer and internship coordinator in the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she taught playwriting, creative writing, literature, and composition, and she is now writing full-time. Kelly Easton lives with her oceanographer husband and their two young children in Rhode Island. The Life History of a Star is Kelly Easton's first book.

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