The lead-up to Christmas is kind of the perfect time to read The Heart Is A Star, so author Megan Rogers has my endless gratitude for sending through a review copy a couple of weeks ago. Coincidentally, it arrived the day after I heard the hosts of Chat 10 Looks 3 recommend it on a recent episode, so I was extra-keen to dive in.

The main character, Layla, is going through somewhat of a midlife crisis – only instead of buying a sports car and marrying a younger woman, she’s about to lose her job as an anesthetist, and wondering how her dad really died, and travelling across the country to make sure her mother doesn’t take her own life. So, yeah. She’s got a lot going on.

Layla’s mother is a “bottomless pit parent”, histrionically unstable and prone to threatening self-harm when she’s feeling lonely or hitting the bottle a bit too hard. Layla just knows, though, that this time it’s different. Waiting the two days until Christmas could be the difference between life and death, so she changes her flight and heads home early.

The Heart Is A Star combines rich and evocative nature writing with a family drama about “the messiness of midlife”. Rogers examines the inter-generational impacts of inherited trauma, ultimately revealing that discovering the truth doesn’t necessarily mean a happy ending. You’ll likely find reading it, as I did, that The Heart Is A Star follows a familiar trajectory, the outcome feeling sadly inevitable, with themes and motifs that are recurrent throughout #MeToo literature.

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