“An unforgettable and artfully crafted romance right down to the very last page.” —Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’
“A romance for the ages. Fresh voices and original predicaments make this one perfect little novel.”
—Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl
The Sun Is Also a Star meets Outlander in this vivid, utterly romantic debut novel about two teens who relive their tragic love story over and over until they uncover what they must do to change their fate.
Tamar is a musician, a warrior, a survivor. Fayard? He’s a pioneer, a hustler, a hopeless romantic.
Together, Tamar and Fayard have lived a thousand lives, seen the world build itself up from nothing only to tear itself down again in civil war. They’ve even watched humanity take to the stars. But in each life one thing remains the same: their love and their fight to be together. One love story after another. Their only concern is they never get to see how their story ends. Until now.
When they finally discover what it will take to break the cycle, will they be able to make the sacrifice?
In what initially seems like just a contemporary story of star-crossed lovers, debut author Miles packs a genre-bending surprise as Black 17-year-olds Tamar and Fayard live many lives falling in love. In present-day Columbia, S.C., Fayard makes efforts to show devotion to "old soul" Tamar, whose lungs were weakened by the Covid-19 pandemic that took her mother. After a hospital stay, Tamar begins dreaming of various periods in which she is a different version of herself; each time, she meets, and falls for, Fayard. Soon, however, it becomes clear that Tamar has one chance left at survival: an international cryogenics center. When an explosion happens at the airport, though, the amnesiac duo must find their way back to one another. Via dual perspectives, Miles impressively fleshes out the alternate timelines, seamlessly transitioning between them while maintaining consistent characterizations. Ranging across historical moments in the 1300s and 1920s to the futuristic 2200s, this well-paced, multilayered mystery reinvigorates the fated-lovers trope while exploring the freedom and suffocation that a fierce, timeless love can bring. Ages 14 up. Agent: John Cusick, Folio Literary.