Edward Scissorhands meets When the Moon Was Ours in this “darkly whimsical…engrossing” (Kirkus Reviews) novel about two teen sisters who fight to protect the mysterious stranger who literally fell from the stars and into their backyard.
Strange things have always happened in the small town of Darling…
Yet Delta Wilding and her sister Bee are familiar with the peculiar. Raised by an eccentric father always on the hunt for the spectacular, they’re used to following weather patterns that twirl onto strange paths, a car that refuses to play any artist but one, and living in a sentient house with whims of its own. But when a mysterious boy falls from the stars into the woods behind the Wilding sisters’ farmhouse, nothing can prepare them for the extraordinary turn their lives are about to take.
Extraordinary, and dangerous.
Starling Rust is not from this world and his presence in the Wilding home brings attention. As the terrified locals, Delta’s ex-boyfriend, and the unscrupulous mayor descend onto their home, both Delta and her sister go to incredible lengths to protect their mystical visitor—especially as Delta’s growing feelings for Starling could prove the greatest risk of all.
Isabel Strychacz is from a small town in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Mills College in Oakland, where she received BA degrees in English/creative writing and history. With multiple short stories published in her university literary journal, she was the recipient of the college’s award for top fiction prose in 2016. Starling is her debut novel. Isabel currently resides in the UK and you can find her online at @IsabelStrychacz (Twitter) and @BookishlyBelle (Instagram).