The Movement of Stars

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2013 - Fiction - 400 pages
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A love story set in 1845 Nantucket, between a female astronomer and the unusual man who understands her dreams.

It is 1845, and Hannah Gardner Price has lived all twenty-four years of her life according to the principles of the Nantucket Quaker community in which she was raised, where simplicity and restraint are valued above all, and a woman’s path is expected to lead to marriage and motherhood. But up on the rooftop each night, Hannah pursues a very different—and elusive—goal: discovering a comet and thereby winning a gold medal awarded by the King of Denmark, something unheard of for a woman.

And then she meets Isaac Martin, a young, dark-skinned whaler from the Azores who, like herself, has ambitions beyond his expected station in life. Drawn to his intellectual curiosity and honest manner, Hannah agrees to take Isaac on as a student. But when their shared interest in the stars develops into something deeper, Hannah’s standing in the community begins to unravel, challenging her most fundamental beliefs about work and love, and ultimately changing the course of her life forever.

Inspired by the work of Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in America, The Movement of Stars is a richly drawn portrait of desire and ambition in the face of adversity.

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But it is also a love story. - Goodreads
The plot seemed to be all over the place. - Goodreads
I felt that the ending was very beautiful. - Goodreads
Amy Brill has researched her subject well. - Goodreads
My only negative is the pace. - Goodreads
Basically, the storytelling feels monotone. - Goodreads

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Hannah bent over her notebook in the half dark of the tiny room at the top of the house, squeezing the remainder of her entry onto the very last lines of the page... Hannah Gardner Price has spent her ... Read full review

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In 1845 Nantucket Islander Hannah studies the skies, hoping to be the first to discover a new comet. Rich with historic details and showcasing the reluctance of society to allow a woman to advance in ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Amy Brill is a writer and producer who has worked for PBS and MTV, and has been awarded fellowships by the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Millay Colony, and the American Antiquarian Society, among others. This is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn.

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