After living in the old, genteel building in Brooklyn throughout his marriage, Harry Quirk has come to take his life there for granted. But throughout his thirty year marriage to Luz, there have been turbulent shifts beneath the seemingly placid surface of their union that have finally broken through and disrupted the balance. Luz has kicked Harry out, accusing him of infidelity with his friend Marion, and despite his innocence, she will not hear anything that challenges her strong belief system.

As Harry struggles to manage his life on the “outside” of The Astral, while searching for anything and everything that can somehow redeem him in Luz’s eyes and allow him back into the marriage and the home, he gradually begins to form a new kind of life for himself.

Meanwhile, grown children Karina and Hector grab Harry’s attention, with their lifestyle choices and the dissonance created by their values.

I enjoyed immersing myself into the Brooklyn world of these characters, feeling as though the streets they walked and the neighborhood haunts they visited were vivid and real enough to be part of my own world…at least for awhile.

What unexpected moments suddenly illuminate Harry and help him face up to the path he must take? And how does he finally confront the differences between himself and Luz enough to let go of the failed dream?

Told in the first person narration of Harry, The Astral: A Novel offered a realistic portrayal of life from his perspective. I could feel his angst, his concerns, and see, through his eyes, the realizations he reached.

Five stars.