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The Promise of Stardust: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, February 5, 2013
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“In The Promise of Stardust Sibley explores an ethical dilemma in a way that might lead you to question your own beliefs. Woven with elegance through a twenty-year love story, the novel takes numerous twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages.” (Catherine McKenzie, Internationally bestselling author of FORGOTTEN)
“Sibley wrestles with the most complex medical ethics in our time and gives us characters who will stay with us long after the last page. She is a skilled story teller.” (Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of Lost & Found)
“I loved this book. Priscille Sibley manages a delicate and brave balance with this gripping novel.” (Katrina Kittle, author of The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals)
“Sibley does a wonderful job of exploring a complex and controversial moral issue, skillfully giving both sides of the story…. This is a gripping, thoughtful, heart-wrenching, and well-written debut that would be a great discussion vehicle for certain book groups.” (Booklist)
“The Promise of Stardust is a story about love and sacrifice, conflict and hope. I couldn’t put it down and when I open it next time, I’ll read it more slowly. Highly recommended. A winner!” (--Patricia Harman CNM, author of The Midwife of Hope River)
“There’s nothing like devastating moral quandary to spark reading, and this trade paperback original would be a great book club choice…” (Library Journal)
“A literate and incandescent Nicholas Sparks-like love story complicated by intense moral and ethical questions.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The Promise of Stardust is a riveting story of a family ripped apart by an impossible choice. You will live these characters’ lives like they are your own, and race through the pages of this engrossing, deeply moving novel.” (Kristina Riggle, author of Keepsake)
“Sibley’s debut dissects the ethics of a patient’s right to die with dignity… the journey is heartrending and tragic.” (Publishers Weekly)
Top Customer Reviews
I was concerned that this book could get into boring court cases and mundane accounts of laws. But I could not put this book down. The author tells the story of Elle and Matt by flashing back and telling the details of their past. It is so tenderly written that it is extremely moving and realistic. The characters are presented with their faults and strengths and are so very real, the reader would swear to have known them. The author strings the reader along, the reader wanting to know more and more. This book is unforgettable!
It was heartbreaking to see a family fractured by one incident, but this story resonated with me because it is believable. We hear cases like this in the news, where those living have to grapple with momentous, life-altering decisions when a loved one is no longer alive in the true sense of the word. What does one do when one's loved one is pronounced brain dead? Then there's the factor of the unborn baby. Does it have the right to life, does the father have the right to decide what happens to the brain dead mother? All of these questions have no simple answers, as is rarely the case in such matters, and I liked how the author wove the various threads of the story together, making for a compelling read. There are so many themes explored in this book, and though it is a sad and tragic story, it is by no means without hope. The themes of family, love, sacrifice, and choice is explored in credible detail, and makes for a riveting read. It also poses some very pertinent questions that can be picked up for discussion among family, friends, book club members, etc.
The author tells her story at a rapid pace, flawlessly shifting back and forth in time without losing control of a narrative that is filled with unexpected turns and twists that never feel forced. Her observations are keenly insightful and her portrayal of an entire host of powerful emotions is always spot on. The bulk of this story takes place during a short period of time, but it has an epic feel. The romance is powerful and touching, always tempered by just enough realism to make it all the more effective.
Legal issues are at the forefront through most of the story, but the author never allows the courtroom action to take over and dominate the very human story she is telling. More than a story about pro-life, right to life or any of those legal catch phrases, this is a story about family, love, courage and devotion. The writing is top notch and the characters are memorable. I'm glad I read it and look forward to recommending it to all fans of literary and romantic fiction.
This book missed the mark for me. I have extensive experience in the world of ICU and I think this author is not successful in bringing that reality to the page. And her pregnancy being missed before X-rays and surgery took place is so unlikely. The use of a medical narrator for the shock and foreignness of this extreme medicine gives the story a further distance. Characters told us of their pain, but it didn't translate. The sequences at times were almost manipulative in presenting events. Finally, this book reminds me of a Picoult novel, but not done as well.
Just as his friend warns the young husband, the inter family lawsuit on the health decisions bring out the worst in both sides of the Right to life versus Choice conundrum. That issue ended up annoying me but is likely a realistic part of this book. This author did do a diligent job of considering many points of view. I just didn't engage with the characters as much as I would have expected.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was well-written and contained complex moral issues which made the story interesting. There was one section which was a bit contrived but was necessary to the outcome. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by modigliani
Hard to put down...recommended it to my book club members. Make sure to have tissues nearby.Published 17 hours ago by Grandma Lynn
Difficult topic, wonderfully done in a compelling story involving very real characters.Published 2 days ago by DLT
Loved this book - hoped the ending would be a happy one for Matt and it was - little Hope!
Best book I have read for a very long time; well written and pulled at your heart. Read more
I loved this novel! I couldn't put it down. The topic is a hard one and real. I immediately recommended this book to a few friends. I hadn't even finished it yet!Published 3 days ago by Esmeralda Martinez
If ever there was a doubt true love exists, one needs only to dream about the characters Matt and Elle. Their story is heartbreaking, heart wrenching, and celestial. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sonshine