The Comet Seekers

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Penguin Random House, Aug 24, 2017 - Antarctica - 272 pages
This is a novel about love, loss, hope and heartbreak that shows us that for each of us, the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets that illuminate the skies above us. Roisin and Francois first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica. And everything changes. While Roisin grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, Francois was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past. As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment. Theirs are stories filled with love and hope and heartbreak, that show how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets themselves.

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User Review  - Laurochka - LibraryThing

I loved this book! Starting and finishing in Antarctica the story follows the lives of the two main characters, using snapshots throughout history, from when comets were visible from earth. It's a story of families, ghosts, love and dreams. Charming! Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

The nonlinear nature of this book made the story hard for me to follow. Jumping from century to century, this book traces a family of comet watchers and follows them as they tackle their own past. An interesting concept, but it didn't pull me in and the nonlinear didn't help. Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Helen Sedgwick was a research scientist working in the field of biophysics before writing her debut novel, The Comet Seekers. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, and has received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Having grown up in London, she now lives in the Scottish Highlands. The Growing Season is her second novel.

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