An exciting literary debut set in the immediate future of civilian space tourism. Tautly plotted, it unfolds through the e-mails of one woman whose marriage is crumbling beneath her
Jess Frobisher is a botany professor at the local university. Her husband, Liam, works for a space tourism company called Spaceco, which has just become front-page news: one of their shuttles exploded shortly after lift-off, killing everyone on board. The press descends. With the future of the company in doubt, two filmmakers approach Liam about making a documentary on the space tourism industry. Seeing this as an opportunity to save Spaceco, Liam agrees to cooperate, assembling a team for another trip into space. When he asks Jess to go, she must decide how far she's willing to go to save her faltering marriage and her life as she knows it.
God Is an Astronaut unfolds, with sure pacing, mounting anxiety and glimmering writing, through a series of e-mails from Jess to her colleague, Arthur, away on sabbatical. Jess finds it easier to talk to Arthur, detached as he is from the maelstrom. But her relationship with her correspondent is not so placid either - the details slowly revealing themselves in this debut of masterful storytelling.
About the Author
Alyson Foster grew up in Michigan and received her BA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, winning a Hopwood Award for her fiction. She received her MFA from George Mason University, where she was a Completion Fellow, and her short fiction has appeared in various publications Alyson Foster lives in Washington D.C., where she works for the National Geographic library and writes for the Nat Geo News Watch blog.
From the first page, I was drawn in by this gripping and winning novel. The writing is fresh, vivid, and funny, beautifully capturing the mysteries of both the cosmos and our daily lives * Madeline Miller, author of the Orange Prize winning The Song of Achilles * A witty and original novel, rich in pithy insights, gloriously spot-on with regard to the yearning middle-aged heart stalwartly beating amid the complexities family life. Lost love and lost socks co-exist here, as our engaging botanist heroine digs her way to an unexpected epiphany * Barbara Trapido * Alyson Foster's God Is An Astronaut is a page-turner and a beautiful depiction of the visual wonder of orbiting the earth. I was captivated by both the main character's predicament and Foster's masterful writing * Daphne Kalotay, bestselling author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading * Remarkable and haunting * Christian Kiefer, author of The Infinite Tides * A captivating, ingeniously-plotted book that explores the unknowability of others in a wholly new way. Through the novel's e-mails, the characters are revealed with wonderful complexity, and surprise us again and again * Karen E. Bender, author of A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People * Alyson Foster is a brave writer, one I admire greatly for the intensity of her vision and her willingness to step into telling the difficult story of right now * Lydia Netzer, bestselling author of Shine Shine Shine and How to tell Toledo from the Night Sky *
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st July 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.8 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1