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Sister Stardust: A Novel
by Jane Green

Published: 2022-04-05T00:0
Hardcover : 336 pages
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*NATIONAL BESTSELLER*

A PARADE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK POST BEST BOOK OF THE WEEK

In her first novel inspired by a true story, Jane Green re-imagines the life of troubled icon Talitha Getty in this transporting story from a forgotten chapter of the Swinging ...

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*NATIONAL BESTSELLER*

A PARADE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK POST BEST BOOK OF THE WEEK

In her first novel inspired by a true story, Jane Green re-imagines the life of troubled icon Talitha Getty in this transporting story from a forgotten chapter of the Swinging '60s

From afar Talitha's life seemed perfect. In her twenties, and already a famous model and actress, she moved from London to a palace in Marrakesh, with her husband Paul Getty, the famous oil heir. There she presided over a swirling ex-pat scene filled with music, art, free love and a counterculture taking root across the world.

When Claire arrives in London from her small town, she never expects to cross paths with a woman as magnetic as Talitha Getty. Yearning for the adventure and independence, she's swept off to Marrakesh, where the two become kindred spirits. But beneath Talitha's glamourous facade lurks a darkness few can understand. As their friendship blossoms and the two grow closer, the realities of Talitha's precarious existence set off a chain of dangerous events that could alter Claire's life forever.

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We turned down a narrow street when a donkey-pulled cart almost knocked us over. Finally we turned into a small alley, dark and crooked, a stray cat sitting in a doorway. In front of us were huge wooden doors at least sixteen feet high, and our strange little group gathered outside. I wondered where the palace was that we were supposed to be visiting. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Imagine you were in Claire’s shoes. Would you have allowed yourself to be whisked off to a new country on a whim, and if so, any country, or one place in particular?

2. If you arrived in a strange land for your favorite celebrity to come walking down the stairs, who would it be, and what would you say to them?

3. Are you more of a rule-follower like Claire/Cece, or more of a free spirit like Talitha? Which do you think makes for a happier life?

4. Had you been the same age in the sixties, would you have dived in to this lifestyle and experimented or would you have been the observer?

5. Have you ever had experiences that are so painful, you have locked them away, or it is untenable that anyone would do that today given how many resources are available to deal with pain and trauma.

6. Which era would you like to revisit, and why.?

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