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Digging Stars

A Novel

by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

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  • Melissa C. (Saint Johns, FL)
    This Author Is A Star
    This is one of the most interesting books I've read in a while. It explores so many issues: astronomy and space exploration, racism, relationships and the search for the understanding of, and love for, a remarkable and genius parent. The writing is moving and complex, and the author's master of the English language helps emphasize the brilliance of the story's narrator as well as the author herself.
  • Beth P. (Amagansett, NY)
    Family and Science Saga
    Digging Stars was, for me, an average read: it did not fully engage me as a reader; a daughter or scientist. It was too "all over the place" for me…..
    The author might have considered narrowing the focus of the plot to fully develop both the characters and the sequence of events: I found myself wandering around mentally during my reading of the book…..not fully engaged by the text at all…..
    I was disappointed in the author and in myself for my lack of enthusiasm for this novel.
  • Gaye R. (Coupeville, WA)
    The intellectual and emotional journey of life.
    When one idealizes people, countries or philosophies, all of these will eventually fail to hold up to one's expectations. And these failings can even cause one to have mental or emotional anguish. In this story, Rosa - a smart, talented, young woman - finds herself in that exact situation. As she journeys through her young adulthood, Rosa begins to find a way to accept the humanity of her father, her friends, her home country and her adopted country. Therefore healing and accepting herself.
  • Susan U. (Waukesha, WI)
    Confusion in the Stars
    I've tried writing this review several times and have struggled because I struggled a bit with the book. The author is talented and I would pay attention to future books of hers. The book is well written and for the most part flows. I didn't particularly like any of the characters or at least wasn't necessarily interested in getting to know them better, and probably because they were brilliant and interested in subjects that aren't interesting to me, The book would be more meaningful, I think, to someone interested in quantum mechanics, biology, stars and virtual worlds. Would I recommend, probably not but will pass on to friends to get their reaction.
  • Elizabeth L. (Langhorne, PA)
    Far out!
    This tale definitely stretched the limits of my knowledge about astronomy, Zimbabwe, and elite private college programs. The overall story was quite interesting but personally boring in regards to the descriptions of the stars and constellations. I enjoyed the characters and I found the dialogue to be authentic. However, I found it hard to believe that Rosa's "terrors" took so long to be diagnosed when she was in the US, and I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying. I wanted more answers to her father's relationship with Mr. C., and to know if her relationship with Peralte continues.
  • Jodi S. (Goldens Bridge, NY)
    Family Dynamics & Astronomy
    This is the story of Athandwa, a girl from Zimbabwe who follows in her father's footsteps to study Astronomy in the US. Along the way we learn about her family dynamics - a distant father, a "step family", her "Uncle C"; and the differences between her father's life in America and her life with her mother in Zimbabwe. There was a lot of interesting science woven throughout the book, which I enjoyed. But even though there were a lot of great characters, I felt some of the storylines were one dimensional or were just wrapped up without a thorough understanding/explanation.
  • Ilene M. (Longmont, CO)
    Not to my liking
    I found this book difficult to read and more importantly, difficult to relate to the characters. I understand that many other individuals enjoyed this read, but I did not. I found the writing to be disjointed and the subject matter not very interesting. I do understand that the author was telling a tale of a father/daughter relationship, but it did not resonate with me.
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