BLUE STARS explores the bonds of family and the limits of fidelity. The story of two women changed by war and by each other, this riveting novel is a graceful and gritty portrayal of life on the home front in the twenty-first century.
“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 ‘mandatory fun,’ acronyms and hierarchies, maxed-out credit cards and hospital waiting rooms, relationships that last the long separations and those that don’t. Her characters are gutsy, flawed, and incredibly real. 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
“This heartbreakingly beautiful novel by Emily Gray Tedrowe colors in the often shadowy voices of the women on the homefront during wartime. Layered with the love, mess, fear, bravery and grief that lurk in the back end of war, Tedrowe’s crisp clear voice weaves a haunting tale of the unvarnished intricacies of the human spirit and the very dear price we pay for human conflict.”
— Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant and Those We Love Most
“As vivid as a news flash, Tedrowe’s riveting new novel explores the shatteringly personal cost of politics. Set against the backdrop of the Iraq War, three very different women grapple with deployment, the home front, and most harrowing of all–the military hospital where their men must heal. About the life lines we throw each other, the loyalties we feel, and the losses we endure, Blue Stars is as dazzling as it is important.”
–Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is this Tomorrow