A Shooting Star (Paperback)

By Wallace Stegner

Penguin Books, 9780140252415, 448pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1996



Sabrina Castro, an attractive woman with a strong New England heritage, is married to a wealthy, older California physician who no longer fulfills her dreams. An almost accidental misstep leads her down the slow descent of moral disintegration, until there is no place for her to go but up and out. How Sabrina comes to terms with her life is the theme of this absorbing personal drama, played out against the background of an old Peninsula estate where her mother lives among her servants, her memories of Boston, and her treasured family archives. A Shooting Star displays the storytelling powers that Wallace Stagner's fans have enjoyed for more than half a century.

Praise For A Shooting Star

"Masterly and engaging"
Carlos Baker, The New York Times Book Review

"One of our greatest contemporary novelists"
The Washington Post