There are so many great lines in this book! Here is one of my faves, I want this as a bumper sticker!
Glendy Vanderah’s debut novel begins when protagonist Jo encounters a young girl, Ursa, who claims she’s a space alien from the stars. Jo is recovering from the death of her mother as well as her own health issues. Then there is Gabe, the egg man as Jo refers to him, who sells eggs by the side of the road and has his own hidden scars. The couple come together through the young girl as they can see there’s more to Ursa’s story. Ursa shines light on the couple and soon they are acting as a family but their fairy tale cannot last as they need to know the truth about Ursa as she continues to stick to her alien story.
The novel has believable everyday characters whose lives aren’t all too interesting yet Vanderah mixed the everyday, with nature and the mysteries of the Universe. Some may find that the story drags in places with mundane daily activities, but if you read deeper in between the lines it is at these times where the author interjects poignant life observations along with ironic humorous dialogue.
“The horrific crush of humanity on my soul. Haven’t you ever felt it?”
“I think I have—in Walmart.”
An enjoyable read, that takes it time to hook you in as we watch these characters develop. Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a clever, well crafted with a careful balance between the everyday life, the natural world, and the mysteries of the universe. Vanderah ’s beautifully human story reminds us that sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious to let some light into our lives, even through grief and danger.
So why 4 stars? I found myself getting bored about 3/4 into the book and just wanted to find out what Ursa was hiding. And, the book takes you on a long journey and then it feels all rushed in the end.