On My Bookshelf: The Promise of Stardust

The_Promise_of_StardustReading is one of my passions-ever since I was a little girl, I always escaped into the world of fiction.  Since it is such an important part of my life and because I started blogging about books, I decided I would bring over my book review from my first blog over a little at a time.

I received this book from Librarything.com’s early reviewers.  Over the years, I’ve actually received some very good books through this.  The only thing you have to do after receiving the book is to post a review on their site and anywhere else you may write reviews.  They require that the reviews be a certain length but don’t look at content necessarily.

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley is a phenomenal novel, and echoing many of the other reviewers, amazing that this is Ms. Sibley’s first novel.  The novel tells the story of a couple who has known each other their entire lives–families are completely intertwined–who are desperate to have a child. Sadly, Elle, the wife, has an accident and is declared brain dead.  Her husband, a surgeon, then discovers that she is pregnant.  The novel then tells the struggle Matt goes through, against his own mother, Elle’s former boyfriend, and society to keep Elle alive long enough to deliver the baby.

One of things that was interesting to me in this novel was the choice of professions that characters in the novel had and how that played in the choices that they made.  Elle was an astronaut and had created a living will when she went into space (which is where the interplay of her ex-boyfriend comes in-he was the one she had given her living will to), Matt is a neurosurgeon who is unable to save his wife from her brain injury.  Matt’s mother is a neo-natal nurse who is pushing for Elle to be taken off machines because of Elle’s own mother’s struggle with, and ultimate death, from cancer.  His mother was also given a copy of a living will from when Elle’s mother died.

This book was extremely well written, full of twists and multiple times I had to put the book down as I was on the subway and didn’t want to cry!

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