Blue Stars

Blue Stars Review

Book group fiction at its best, Blue Stars explores the bonds of family and the limits of fidelity, to tell the story of life on the home front in the twenty-first century.

Emily Gray Tedrowe has written an extraordinary novel about ordinary people, a graceful and gritty portrayal of what it’s like for the women whose husbands and sons are deployed in Iraq.

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 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 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 in Iraq, 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.

Title:Blue Stars
Edition Language:English

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  • Diane S ?

    Lately, there has been quite a few books published by those or about those who have served in the armed forces. This book is about those left behind, those who are often the ones to pick up the pieces...

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    Inspired in part by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center scandal that exposed a shocking litany of bureaucratic neglect in the care and housing of injured returned soldiers and their famil...

  • Siobhan Fallon

    A strikingly nuanced portrait of military family life, Blue Stars examines the battles women face when reunited with their soldiers. Emily Tedrowe opens up a world of spouse support groups and 'mandat...

  • Patty

    Key characters...I believe that the key characters are Ellen and Lacey...each are surrounded by a unique tangle of family and friends that are also an integral part of this book.Settings...The setting...

  • Kat

    When I first picked up Blue Stars, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve read a lot of novels set during historical wars, but I don’t recall reading one set during modern warfare, so I have ...

  • Nan

    I was lucky enough to get a copy of this lovely novel from BookBrowse as a part of their First Impressions program. It was a wonderful read. For the past six years I worked as a therapist with Nationa...

  • Debbie

    I put this book down when I was about a quarter through it. I was just having a hard time getting into. I picked it back up a few days later and I'm glad I did. The story gives you a very incite full ...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    There have been several fine books written about the current wars, each with its own focus. Inspired by a Washington Post Pulitzer winning articles by Dana Priest and Anne Hull, Emily Tedrowe has craf...

  • Jennifer

    As a regular reader of war/military fiction, I was curious to see how Tedrowe would tackle the subject. Her focus on the families left behind was something I hadn't seen much before, and she handled i...

  • Ann

    I absolutely adored this book. I love military stories that deal with the home front. The family is often overlooked when they talk of stress of war. Dealing with family, bills, jobs and school are di...