Josephine’s #CBR5 Review #62 : The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt

Look we all know by now where this bit is from, I’m not proud of it but at least I’m honest!

“Jeanette is a young, solitary post-doctoral researcher who has dedicated her life to studying astronomy. Struggling to compete in a prestigious university department dominated by egos and incompetents, and caught in a cycle of brief and unsatisfying affairs, she travels to a mountain-top observatory in Chile to focus on her research. There Jeanette stumbles upon evidence that will challenge the fundamentals of the universe, drawing her into conflict with her colleagues and the scientific establishment, but also casting her back to the tragic loss that defined her childhood. As the implications of her discovery gather momentum, and her relationships spiral out of control, Jeanette’s own grip on reality is threatened, finally forcing her to confront the hidden past. Pippa Goldschmidt’s bittersweet debut novel blends black comedy, heart-breaking tragedy and fascinatingly accessible science, in this intricate and beautiful examination of one woman’s disintegration and journey to redemption.”


For a debut novel this is great and what the Goodreads blurb above doesn’t mention is that she is a strong gay heroine and that this is just a part of the cosmos of the book not the crutch it rests upon like some Lesbian novels, when it is all ‘ahem’ crotch and no content. Complex and thoughtful I would definitely recommend it.

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