Welcome to BOOK CLUB, a joint venture between me and Jen from Devourer of Books. Today we are discussing [[[The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley]]] which is being published by William Morrow Paperbacks.
From the Publisher:
Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when they wed. Now in their late thirties, the deeply devoted couple has everything—except the baby they’ve always wanted.
When a tragic accident leaves Elle brain-dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear losing her, he knows his wife, a thoughtful and adventurous scientist, feared only one thing—a slow death. Just before Matt agrees to remove Elle from life support, the doctors discover that she is pregnant. Now what was once a clear-cut decision becomes an impossible choice. Matt knows how much this child would have meant to Elle. While there is no certainty her body can sustain the pregnancy, he is sure Elle would want the baby to have a chance. Linney, Matt’s mother, believes her son is blind with denial. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive by artificial means, no matter what the situation.
Divided by the love they share, driven by principle, Matt and Linney fight for what each believes is right, and the result is a disagreement that escalates into a controversial legal battle, ultimately going beyond one family and one single life.
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I am going to go light on the questions initially because I am really curious to see what arises naturally out of the discussion.
- What were your general impressions of the book, and how did your thoughts and opinions evolve as the story unfolded?
- The Promise of Stardust examines the idea of responsibility for loved ones, and several people step up to have a say in what Elle would have wanted (Matt, his mother, Elle’s father and brothers, her ex-boyfriend, both their colleagues), who do you think had the right to speak for her?
- Ellie and Matt grew up intertwined with each other as their families were neighbors and very close. Linney is like a mother to Ellie. How did you feel about the role she played in the court case with Matt? Were her actions justified? Did you feel she have more of a responsibility to her son? In what ways did she support him?
- How would you have decided this case?
- We get to know who Elle was through other people, but we do have her direct voice in the journals. What did you think about Elle and how she chose to communicate her directives? Why didn’t she leave any clear information for Matt?
12 copies of The Promise of Stardust were provided by William Morrow Paperbacks in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you so much!