Helen Sandler reviews
by Mary-Ann Constantine
Described as ‘part fable, part mystery’, this is a novel that raises questions from the start. Intrigued questions, such as, ‘Is this woman in love with a building?’ And bemused ones, such as, ‘Which of the half-dozen narrative voices is this now?’
The book is arranged in numbered sections of two or three pages, recalling both the author’s previous experience in writing short stories and the fragmented ways in which people now read. It opens with Myra, who is, indeed, in love with a building – Cardiff’s National Museum. It continues with Theo, arriving at the museum with a gelatinous specimen that may be the ‘star-shot’ of the title; then Dan, taking his little son out for a walk in his pushchair, past ‘cats and blossom and postmen’. Along with university researcher Luke and his professor, these are most of our main characters, although it takes a little while to piece the cast list together from the clues on offer.Sign in to read more
Helen Sandler is co-programmer of Aberration, the LGBT arts night in Aberystwyth. In the past she was the books editor of Diva magazine and director of the York Lesbian Arts Festival. She has written for Click on Wales and Wales Arts Review. Helen’s third novel, The Wishmistress, is forthcoming from Tollington.