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The observatory
Grayson, Emily.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow & Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
181 pages ; 19 cm
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Love is in the stars

Though the Mallory women are identical twins, nobody has ever had trouble telling them apart. Harper is a famous and wild painter who lives in the wealthy enclave of Stone Point, while Liz lives a modest, quiet existence as a copy editor in their hometown of Longwood Falls. Both are content to lead drastically different lives--until a family tragedy forces them to break their lifelong silence and confront their embattled past. Liz must also face the disturbing prospect of love, which takes the form of an amateur astronomer named Elliot who, in his private observatory, gives her a glimpse of the mysteries of the universe and of the heart.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite a cliched setup--wild twin/conservative twin make their respective ways in the world--Grayson (The Gazebo) neatly explores how individuals enmeshed in their pasts are able to rebound from tragedy, emerge as better people and even find true love. Liz Mallory is a librarian in her hometown of Longwood Falls. Her parents are dead, and she lives alone in her childhood home, leading a monotonous life devoid of excitement. In contrast, her twin sister, Harper, divorced from a wealthy husband, is a well-known avant-garde painter and lives in a mansion on Long Island with her two children. That the two sisters are presently estranged is believable, but Grayson hasn't come up with a credible backstory explaining what set them so virulently against each other when they were growing up. A family tragedy brings them together as adults, however, and Liz offers to take care of Harper's son, Nick, while her sister goes away by herself for a while. Forging a tentative relationship with the nephew she never knew, Liz crosses paths with David Fields, an amateur astronomer, who is also Nick's teacher. David, whose Olympic swimmer mother mysteriously disappeared in an aquatic accident when he was a child, has issues about relationships, as does intimacy-shy Liz. Despite their reservations, the two quickly become involved, but Liz's predictable discovery that David and her sister once had an affair forces them apart. Although the plot is highly schematic, Grayson keeps it moving swiftly. She has a gift for capturing how relationships begin and develop and a sympathetically attuned insight into human nature. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved