The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes (213)

This story is hopeful, daring, life-affirming account that focuses on revolution and family, and a country lost and lives remade.

I usually love stories like this. And this one did not disappoint.

I was attracted to the book by the title. It was displayed at my local library and showcased as a must-read book, as all the books are in my library…LOL.

In the waning months of 1956, while Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crust the Hungarian revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck fell with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets, and incalculable loss to search for a place they thought they’d lost forever—home.

The story is beautifully crafted. It burns with intensity and humor. It is written by a multi-award-winning author as he explores the themes of displacement and uncertainty in a dark time from the perspective of two boys filled with wonder at the world around them.

This is a book that will appeal to readers who are interested in immigrating and making a new life in a place that is at first unknown. It is definitely a story that is relevant for our times. It is a book that will make you laugh and cry.

Rating: 5 stars


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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