The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Lester Barnes is a case officer at the USCIS building in Manhattan. He agrees to see Natasha when she's late for her appointment with her usual case officer. Though Mr. Barnes appears uncaring and unfeeling for Natasha's plight at first, after she yells at him about his questionable use of the Jamaican word "irie," he refers her on to a hugely successful immigration attorney named Jeremy Fitzgerald.

Lester Barnes Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star

The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below are all either spoken by Lester Barnes or refer to Lester Barnes. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Sun is Also a Star published in 2016.
Chapter 10 Quotes

One day in the future, the meaning of irie will move on, and it will become just another word with a long list of archaic or obsolete definitions. "Is everything irie?" someone will ask you in a perfect American accent. "Everything's irie," you will respond […] Neither of you will know about Abraham or the Rastafari religion or the Jamaican dialect. The word will be devoid of any history at all.

Page Number: 26
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Lester Barnes Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Lester Barnes appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
Immigration and the American Dream Theme Icon
Passion vs. Reason Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
...can approach her, a tall black man agrees to take Natasha. He introduces himself as Lester Barnes and insists he can learn everything he needs to from her folder. (full context)
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Natasha studies Mr. Barnes 's desk as he looks through her folder. She grabs a business card and wonders... (full context)
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...around and in a small voice, asks if she's really going to have to leave. Mr. Barnes begins to say something about Samuel's DUI, and Natasha asks why she has to pay... (full context)
Immigration and the American Dream Theme Icon
Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
...they should still be friends, and at Bev for being so concerned about frivolous things. Mr. Barnes using "irie" is the last straw. She takes off her headphones and asks him about... (full context)
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...social security card that'll allow her to apply for college and financial aid. She asks Mr. Barnes what she's supposed to do for college and accepts his offer of tissues. Finally, Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Interconnectedness and Destiny Theme Icon
...disbelief in fate into question: had Irene not made her late, she wouldn't have met Mr. Barnes ; had he not said "irie," she wouldn't have had her meltdown; had that not... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...tells the receptionist about coming to the US when she was eight, the DUI, and Lester Barnes 's referral. The woman books Natasha an appointment. (full context)
Chapter 104
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Isolation vs. Connection Theme Icon
...happy tears. She realizes that she wants to make a phone call and she calls Lester Barnes ' office. She asks him to thank her security guard, Irene, since the fact that... (full context)
Epilogue
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...who saved her life when she was a security guard. One of the case officers, Lester Barnes , stopped to tell her that the girl had called to say thank you. Irene... (full context)