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Contemporary Novel
North Star
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North Star

Patricia Leavy

North Star follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after five years of marriage. Tess is a wildly successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack is a former federal agent who specialized in counterterrorism. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. As they both heal from past trauma, their epic love, fostered by their ability to truly see one another, has brought them lasting happiness. However, when life’s challenges arise and two significant forces from Jack’s past resurface, everything they’ve learned about unconditional love is put to the test. Will they finally live their happily ever after, or will they fall apart into the darkness? In addition to new characters, their long-standing friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend, who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, who Tess visits regularly to discuss politics and bake cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau, who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby and Gina, Jack’s younger friends, who never fail to lend a calming presence. North Star is a novel about commitment and letting go, loss and gain, and the ways in which love—from lovers, friends, or the art we experience—can help us move from trauma to healing and redemption. Written as unfolding action, North Star is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.

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