In Aditi Khorsan’s Mirror in the Sky, Tara, who has always felt like something of an outcast at her private school full of students both richer and whiter than her, has her life flipped upside-down when Terra Nova, an “alternate” Earth is discovered. Tara’s social life changes drastically, and the existence of Terra Nova causes shifts in her relationships with friends and family.
To celebrate the book’s release, So Fetch Daily is participating in the Mirror in the Sky blog tour. Today we’re featuring a guest post from author Aditi Khorsan, who has created a playlist inspired by Tara’s experiences in the book. Keep reading for Aditi’s insights on the songs chosen for the playlist, and take a listen to Tara’s Playlist on Spotify to get in the mood for Mirror in the Sky!
From Aditi: Tara’s playlist is nostalgic, eclectic, but mostly melancholy. She longs for another place, another time. Her musical favorites reflect that.
Starman – David Bowie
Aditi Khorana [AK]: This song speaks to the wonder surrounding the discovery of a new planet. Also, Tara thinks David Bowie is rad. Who doesn’t?!
Rocket Man – Elton John
AK: Okay, another space song. Tara loves this song, but it’s also one of Sudeep’s favorites.
Throw Down Your Guns – Wild Belles
AK: Tara’s song for Nick. She thinks of him whenever she hears it.
Moony Eyed Walrus – Cayucas
AK: Tara listens to this tune and wonders about the enormity of the world awaiting her after Brierly.
Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
AK: Listening to Stevie Nicks makes Tara feel fearless and fierce.
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
AK: Landslide has the lyric “Mirror in the Sky, what is love?” So, very apt that it would be on Tara’s playlist.
Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn
AK: Brierly makes Tara feel like a melancholy robot.
On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz
AK: Another song that has to do with both Brierly and Nick. Brierly is depressing, but Nick makes it bearable for Tara.
Come As You Are – Nirvana
AK: This song illustrates perfectly how Tara feels when she gets invited to Halle’s party.
Chan Chan – Buena Vista Social Club
AK: Tara can’t wait to get the hell out of Connecticut and go someplace filled with music and dance – like Havana, Cuba.
A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
AK: Even though her circumstances change after Halle’s group absorbs her, Tara still feels like an outsider. She wants to feel transformed from within.
Why Don’t You make Up Your Mind? – Tame Impala
AK: Nick’s indecisiveness drives Tara crazy!
Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
AK: This song reflects how worn out she feels after Jennifer leaves for California and Nick chooses Halle.
Lost Ones – Lauryn Hill
AK: This song is about the sway of forces larger than us. Money, institutions, but particularly applies to Jennifer when she goes off and joins a cult.
Surprise Hotel – Fool’s Gold
AK: Because nothing is predictable in Tara’s life anymore.
Small Axe – Bob Marley and the Wailers
AK: Even though she’s part of the cool crowd, Tara still feels vulnerable and exposed.
Express Yourself – N.W.A.
AK: Over the course of her junior year, Tara finally learns to express who she is.
Too Young to Burn – Sonny & The Sunsets
AK: The song that makes Tara think of her junior year and Halle when she looks back on it in later years.
ABOUT MIRROR IN THE SKY
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on this mirror planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices. As the world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it. Nothing on Earth—and for Tara—will ever be the same again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark and New England. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MA in Global Media and Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including FOX, Paramount and SONY. MIRROR IN THE SKY is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture.