A review by reader_mama
On a Night of a Thousand Stars, by Andrea Yaryura Clark


A beautifully tragic story about “the disappeared” in Argentina. Told in alternate timelines, the present day story takes place in 1998, where 20 something Paloma starts looking into her family’s past life in Argentina. Her father, Santiago, is the subject of the past timeline 1970s-80s) and his life in Argentina during political unrest.

I was hooked on this story. I’ve never read about Argentina, and I certainly didn’t know anything about the people who were captured, tortured, beaten and killed during the military dictatorship that lasted almost a decade. The mystery of Paloma’s family was so intriguing. I did guess some of the twists, but that didn’t take away anything from the story. This book was so emotional, especially as a mother, thinking about losing a child, and I felt all the emotions as I was reading. Highly recommend this beautiful, yet heartbreaking book.