When a black hole follows Stella home one night, it’s up to her to care for the tiny, hungry phenomenon. Having a pet black hole can be convenient for getting rid of things that trouble her: Brussels sprouts, her brother’s annoying music, and things that remind her of her dad. But the more that goes into the void, the bigger her problems seem to grow.
I had a hunch that if Mom found out I was entertaining a space phenomenon in my room, she wouldn’t approve.
A delightful blend of SciFi and Magical Realism, The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole is set in 1977, just before the launch of the Voyager. Scientific discovery, vast possibility, and the wonder of the unknown become symbolic as the story explores the grief and longing felt by Stella as she learns to accept her father’s passing.
“Okay,” I said, putting up my hands. “Let’s all just take it easy. I’ll go peacefully. No need for alarms. I’m too bookish for prison!”
Narrated as Stella’s one-sided conversation to her father, The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole strikes the perfect balance of heartbreaking and humorous. Science-themed dad jokes, sibling moments, trouble with new pets, premonitions of doom, and uncharted territory make for a gentle adventure, beautifully told.
⬢ ⬢ ⬢ THREE STARS
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