Dressed in a brand-new suit, with $150 in his pocket, Adam
Arnring says goodbye to his family and boards a train for the fabled West. The
year is 1907. Adam is nineteen years old, a young man with stars in his eyes
who has always dreamed of a future in the great open spaces of America. Now,
far from his New Jersey home, he takes the first step toward attaining that
dream, landing a job in a small department store in a booming Texas town. Here
he meets a woman who excites him beyond all measure. The exquisite, untouchable
Emma Rothirsch lives in a world whose doors are firmly closed to him. But Adam
is a man willing to take great risks to get what he wants.
One is Emma. The other is to build a lasting business
enterprise that will live on through his children and grandchildren. But just
when Adam’s dreams are within reach, fate intervenes. Tragedy strikes from the
trenches of World War I, setting in motion a series of events that echo down
through the years. The owner of a prospering department store and the head of a
growing family, Adam succumbs to a moment of weakness that culminates in an
unforgivable act of betrayal. And now, as another generation prepares to take
its rightful place in the family’s legendary empire, the tenuous threads of the
Arnrings’ past begin to unravel, revealing a shattering secret that reaches
back nearly a century.
Across a teeming canvas of history, through world wars and
the close of a century, The Sight of the Stars tells a deeply affecting
story of family and forgiveness, guilt and redemption. Brimming with the
emotional depth and moral complexity we have come to expect from this
incomparable storyteller, The Sight of the Stars is about what happens
when we dare to dream, and the moments that change families forever.
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