Blue Stars brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today.
When Michael and Eddie are injured, Ellen and Lacey’s lives become intertwined in Walter Reed Army Hospital, where each woman must live while caring for her wounded soldier. They form an alliance and an unlikely friendship, while helping each other survive the dislocated world of the army hospital. Whether that means fighting for proper care for their men, sharing a six-pack, or coping with irrevocable loss, Ellen and Lacey pool their strengths to make it through. In the end, both women are changed, not only by the war and its fallout, but by each other.
An exploration of the bonds of family and the limits of fidelity, Blue Stars tells the story of life on the home front in the twenty-first century.
“As vivid as a news flash, Tedrowe’s riveting new novel explores the shatteringly personal cost of politics...Blue Stars is as dazzling as it is important.”
--Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You
“A strikingly nuanced portrait of military family life...If you’ve ever wondered what happens when wounded service members return, read this book.”
--Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
Emily Gray Tedrowe is a Chicago-based writer whose second novel, Blue Stars, will be available from St. Martin’s Press in February 2015. Her first novel Commuters was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly, an IndieNext Notable pick, and a Target Breakout Book. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, she has also received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
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