Amy Brill’s “The Movement of the Stars”

Amy Brill’s The Movement of the Stars is the type of book I just love, love, love. 1845 Nantucket, a young Quaker woman hopes to discover a comet in the night sky. When she dares to want more from life and to challenge the prejudices of a society that considers itself reasonable and just, she faces opposition, public humiliation, and difficult choices. She’s smart and tough, but it’s her inner softening that speaks to me most, the letting go of self-imposed limitations and the slow leaning into her heart, allowing it to open and guide her onto a path as wide and bright as the heavens.

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