Friday, August 10, 2007

Starburst by Robin Pilcher

The annual Edinburgh International Festival is the backdrop for the latest novel from the author Robin Pilcher, son of Rosamunde Pilcher. In Starburst, the reader is introduced to a wide array of characters whose lives will intersect over the course of the book. There's french violin sensation Angelique Pascal, who's dealing with an overzealous manager. Tess Goodwin works for the festival and is recently married. Roger Dent owns the Exploding Sky Company, which is orchestrating the closing fireworks. Rene Brownlow is a mother and comedian from Yorkshire who is performing for the first time at the Fringe Festival. Leonard Hartson has come out of retirement to film a Japanese dance company. Thomas "T.K." Keene is a former thief and addict. Last of all, Jamie Stratton is renting out rooms in his house for the fest. Pilcher treats us to a mix of stories with characters of different ages and walks of life. Most of the people become friends and support each other in times of need. Enjoyable, although the large cast makes it feel more diffuse than his previous novels. For readers of Rosamunde Pilcher, Maeve Binchy, and Jojo Moyes.

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