The Half Life of Stars Louise Wener, a former U.K. pop star, explores the family ties that bind (and sometimes gag). The narrator of The Half Life of Stars is… The Half Life of Stars Louise Wener, a former U.K. pop star, explores the family ties that bind (and sometimes gag). The narrator of The Half Life of Stars is… 2006-10-24 Fiction Harper Paperbacks
Book Review

The Half Life of Stars (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 24, 2006; Writer: Louise Wener; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Louise Wener, a former U.K. pop star, explores the family ties that bind (and sometimes gag). The narrator of The Half Life of Stars is wayward divorcée Claire, whose successful, responsible older brother Daniel goes missing. She leaves gray, gray London for sun-soaked Miami, following the trail of a man whose emotional state she struggles to understand, while also grappling with her mother, sister, and suddenly not-so-ex ex-husband. A handful of plot inconsistencies and sour narrative notes besmirch Wener's finely honed descriptions of love, loss, and the tricks of memory, but the melody of her words still resonates.

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints