Fiction Short Take: The Comet Seekers – Helen Sedgwick

This debut novel by journalist, editor, and former research physicist Sedgwick is an Indies Introduce pick. It’s a world and time-spanning story of people trying to find their place in the world either by exploring it or by staying put, in this life and the one after.

“Sedgwick mines the mysteries of the solar system and human desire to craft a haunting and wonderfully ethereal debut novel about first loves, inescapable loss, and the search for one’s place in a complicated world….Sedgwick tackles a centuries-spanning interconnected narrative by placing each chapter within the context of a comet’s appearance in the sky. The sections that chronicle Severine’s conversations with her dearly departed are marked by their magical realism, but those that explore Róisín and Liam’s star-crossed romance are the standouts, both quietly moving and delicately portrayed. Uniquely structured and stylistically fascinating, the multilayered story comes full circle in a denouement that is both heartbreaking and satisfying.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Haunting and beautiful, The Comet Seekers follows a constellation of lives from modern Antarctica to medieval England, all of them connected by an extraordinary mystery hidden deep in the past. A captivating story.”
— Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni

The Comet Seekers (9780062448767) by Helen Sedgwick. $25.99 hardcover. 10/11/16 on sale.



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