Astra by Cedar Bowers
What if you could see yourself as others see you? Astra is a beguiling debut novel that reveals the different faces of one woman, as seen through the eyes of ten people over a lifetime. Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a Best Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, and CBC Books, and a finalist for the 2022 BC and Yukon Book Prizes.
Born and raised on a remote British Columbia commune, Astra Brine has long struggled to find her way in the world, her life becoming a study of the thin line between dependence and love, need and desire. Over the years, as her path intersects with others-sometimes briefly, but always intensely-she will encounter people who, by turns, want to rescue, control, become, and escape her, revealing difficult yet shining truths about who theyare and what they yearn for.
There is the childhood playmate who comes to fear Astra's unpredictable ways. The stranger who rescues her from homelessness, and then has to wrestle with his own demons. The mother who hires Astra as a live-in nanny even as her own marriage goes off the rails.
The man who takes a leap of faith and marries her.
Even as Astra herself remains the elusive yet compelling axis aroundwhich these narratives turn, her story reminds us of the profound impact that a woman can have on those around her, and the power struggles at play in all our relationships, no matter how intimate. A beautifully constructed and revelatory novel, Astraexplores what we're willing to give and receive from others, and how well we ever really know the people we love the most.
CEDAR BOWERS's fiction has been published in Joyland and Taddle Creek. Astra is her first novel. With her husband, novelist Michael Christie, and their two children, she divides her time between Galiano Island, where she grew up, and Victoria.
- Penguin Random House
- On Sale: May 21/21
- Paperback | 5.99 x 8.25
- FICTION / Contemporary Women