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Blue Stars - A Novel

Emily Gray Tedrowe

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eliza Foss

Length:

14h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:31


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

32:10


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

24:44


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

25:20


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

20:19


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

31:49


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

25:30


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

26:31


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

33:57


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

33:42


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

19:37


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

40:28


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

36:18


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

20:39


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

17:39


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

49:50


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

19:55


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

33:23


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

24:06


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

28:15


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

32:15


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

23:11


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

32:11


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

19:28


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

23:05


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

13:18


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

20:00


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

34:42


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

32:57


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

26:05


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

25:03


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

33:18


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

17:06


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

20:49


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

01:00