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Astra
Astra: A Novel | Cedar Bowers
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If you could see yourself as others saw you, would you be any closer to the truth of who you really are? In the tradition of Olive Kitteridge and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Astra is a beguiling debut novel that reveals the different faces of one enigmatic woman, as seen through the eyes of ten people she encounters over a lifetime. Raised on a remote BC commune by a neglectful father, Astra Brine eventually leaves for Calgary, where she struggles to find her way in the world, her life becoming a study of the thin line between dependence and love, need and desire. As her path intersects with others--often only briefly, but always intensely--she will encounter people who, by turns, want to rescue, control, become, change, and escape her, revealing difficult yet shining truths about who they are and what they yearn for. There is the childhood playmate who comes to fear Astra's unpredictable ways; the stranger who rescues her from homelessness and then has to wrestle with his own demons; the mother who hires Astra as a nanny even as her own marriage goes off the rails; the man who takes a leap of faith and marries her. Even as Astra herself remains the elusive yet compelling axis around which these narratives turn, her story reminds us of the profound impact that an individual can have on those around her, and the power struggles at play in all our relationships, no matter how intimate. A beautifully constructed and revelatory novel, Astra explores what we're willing to give and receive from others, and how well we ever really know the people we love the most.
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Cinfhen
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Thanks to @Lindy for putting this book on my #ReadersRadar #SetInCanada told through multiple POVs, we learn about Astra a spirited woman born on a commune. Each chapter shares a glimpse of Astra‘s development from an independent 6yr old to eventually an impassioned 60 year old. #PoP22 #ConstellationInTitle

Megabooks I‘ve apparently stacked this already! 3mo
Cortg Ooh, communes are always so intriguing! 3mo
Lindy Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 3mo
Cinfhen Hard to believe this was a debut @Lindy @Cortg @Megabooks 💜It was very well written 3mo
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BookishTrish
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13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl meets The Glass Castle ish. Each story in this novel gives different insight into who Astra is from the POV of significant people in her life. A super quick and emotional read. As a daughter who had a conflicted relationship with her father, it got me right there.

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kspenmoll
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Lindy I look forward to your thoughts on Astra. 😊 8mo
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Lindy
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A woman‘s life from birth into her senior years, as seen through the eyes of others. Each chapter jumps ahead in time and is told from the perspective of a different person. I love kaleidoscopic character-based stories like this. An added hook is that it‘s about an intentional community. To top it off, the writing is top notch. #CanadianAuthor #LGBTQ #shadowgiller2021

Cinfhen #STACKED 🙌🏻💕 9mo
Cinfhen You might like this too @Megabooks 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m stacking this too! 9mo
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Lindy
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What do you think of this cover design? I resisted picking this up for a time because I don‘t like the look of it. Designer Lisa Jager has created other covers that I like but this one just doesn‘t do it for me. Am I in the minority on this?

Lindy Example of a Lisa Jager cover that I DO like (the Canadian cover is the one with two skulls): (edited) 9mo
Soubhiville I don‘t really care for it either. 9mo
Lindy @Soubhiville 👯 I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 9mo
Megabooks I really like it, but I tend to have different likes than most. 9mo
Lindy @Megabooks The publisher chose to go with this cover, so you have discriminating taste. 🏆 9mo
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Lindy
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I‘ve found it much, much harder to lose the people who never gave you enough, than it is to lose the ones who gave you everything.

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Lindy
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There was another question that troubled him now. How could he be sure that when he went home, he wouldn‘t revert to the boy he used to be? How could he stay the person he‘d worked so hard to become?

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Lindy
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Men sit around discussing liberation and free love and what a glorious new world they are creating, because now everyone can truly be “free” if they have the balls for it. And it‘s such bullshit. Clodagh has met hundreds of free men over the years, but she can‘t say she‘s ever met a free woman.
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Bookalong
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5🌟This novel is one of those you wont forget. Bowers brilliantly reveals Astra to us through ten perspectives of people who know her. I really loved this unique storytelling. I don't want to reveal too much as it is a journey best to go into fresh, but Bowers emotional prose and astounding character study absolutely blew me away! Hard to believe this was her debut. Cant wait to see what she does next! Highly recommend this one! #bookreview

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This was very compelling and engaging reading. Who are you in the eyes of others and in turn who are you, what is your identity based on how others see you? Probably not the most articulate explanation, but I enjoyed this one very much.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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My two latest Canadian reads. 🇨🇦🍁

Just started Astra.