Thursday, 15 September 2011
The Other Side of the Stars - Clemency Burton-Hill
Review - A story which explores the difficulties of following the same career path as one of your parents. There are many actors who do and there lies the question, is it easier for the offspring because of the parent having paved a path or is the pressure worse, living up to the mark? This is not the central storyline but it does crop up. The story itself surrounds Lara, her relationship with her boyfriend Alex and her friends from University. The death of her famous mother and how the family cope and the remake of her mother's film when Lara finally decides to accept the offer. Does art imitate life or vice versa?
A sensitive first novel from Ms Burton-Hill. Well developed characterisations, you will like Lara and Alex. Her father Oliver is a difficult character but you can understand the difficulties he faced being in the diplomatic service and coping with his artistic wife. He is likeable particularly when the story unwinds and you learn the difficulties he and Eve both faced. The friends are typical likeable chicklit style mates who are there to provide a shoulder to cry on when necessary. A fairly light read with some deep insights tackling the often tortured souls of the truly gifted artiste. 3*