AUDIENCE: For readers of Rachel Cusk, Lauren Groff, Elizabeth Strout, Jane Urquhart, My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, How Should a Person Be? and Motherhood by Sheila Heti, So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum, Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey. For fans of the TV show Girls.
A BRILLIANT MEDITATION ON HOW WE VIEW GIRLS AND WOMEN: In showing us how differently a wide range of people can each view the same woman during the different stages of her life—as a daughter, a potential girlfriend, a single mother, a wife—we get a revealing cross-section glimpse of how society as a whole views women. The novel follows Astra from the day of her birth to the age of 59, which is when we get a chapter from her point of view.
DECAHEDRON: A key motif in the book is how Astra uses a ten-sided dice (a decahedron) to make certain decisions in her life, which might make for more some interesting design and promotional possibilities.
A MEMBER OF THE BOOKSELLING COMMUNITY: In addition to being an incredibly talented writer, Cedar is also a bookseller at Galiano Island Books and an active member of the Galiano Island Literary Festival community.
“Cedar Bowers’s debut took my breath away. In Astra, Bowers dares to contend with the many selves we all contain—those we conceal, those we perform, those we try to outrun in our search for love, belonging, and home. She holds the human heart like a diamond to the light, exposing its every fault, its every dream, its every pain that both damns and anoints. Bowers writes with the unsentimental clarity and aching wisdom of a young Alice Munro. A fiercely beautiful novel. I could not put it down.” —Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker and Stunt
“Every once in a while, that book comes along—the one that holds you spellbound with its eloquent prose and fascinating characters, the one you can’t wait to get back to each night. Astra is that book. This is storytelling at its best and writing at its finest.” —Cea Sunrise Person, author of North of Normal and Nearly Normal
“Cedar Bowers has assembled, through glimpses and ellipses, a powerful, complex portrait of a fascinating woman and the lives that orbit and collide with hers. Astra is an engrossing, unique book, and a thoughtful exploration of how hard it is to truly know someone.” —Rebecca Rosenblum, author of So Much Love
“Astra is a gift. A story possessing boundless empathy for human eccentricities and delivered with a stylistic and emotional precision that goes straight to the reader’s heart.” —Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings
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