God is an Astronaut

God is an Astronaut by Alyson Foster

God is an Astronaut by Alyson FosterGod is an Astronaut by Alyson Foster
Published by Bloomsbury USA on 6/19/2014
Pages: 304
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Botanist Jessica Frobisher and her husband Liam live a normal life in their Michigan home until a disaster strikes Liam’s space tourism company, Spaceco. In the midst of legal battles and increasing pressures, Jess and Liam agree to be followed by documentary cameras in hopes of polishing Spaceco’s name. Instead, the cameras capture both the family and the company’s gradual decline.

In a total diversion from common narratives, God is an Astronaut is written completely in Jess’s e-mails to a former colleague without giving readers insight into his responses. Though it takes several pages to get a feel for the style, the format soon takes shape and works well as a sort of quasi diary. Jess gives readers an uninterrupted, unedited and often hilarious account of the events unfolding around her while slowly revealing the secrets that bind her to her colleague and push her away from her family.

With so many pieces of its narrative going off the beaten path—e-mail prose, space tourism, documentarians—God is an Astronaut has the potential to seem completely off the rails.  Yet, Foster uses Jess’s honest voice to make the story feel genuine and relateable. Though the novel’s end feels slightly rushed, the journey there is wholly unique and well worth taking.

  • Ti Reed

    Sounds interesting. Both the premise and the format.

  • This sounds like such a great, kind of quirky, read! You had me at space tourism.

    • It was! She does a great job handling everything so it doesn’t feel like it’s “out there”, but just feels refreshing.

  • Anita LeBeau

    I like books told in email or letters, one way conversations can drive me crazy.

    • It’s done well enough that you get a sense of what was said without needing to read the whole conversation…and it’s done in a way to slowly reveal some secrets.

  • Gah!!! I want this now. I love weird formats.

  • The format of this book reminds of The Divorce Papers, which is composed of e-mails, notes, and even legal documents. I really loved that book, so I’d definitely be willing to take a chance on this format.

  • AnnabelSmith

    I’m always put off books with God in the title – but then when I read on, everything you said made me want to read this. My forthcoming novel is a novel-in-documents so I’m especially interested in anything that uses that format.

    • I’ve read books with e-mail exchanges, but nothing done completely one sided like this, so it was a nice change.

  • I’m quite excited about this book. I like the concept and it sounds a little quirky.

  • Sarah Says Read

    This sounds really different! And I’m not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for anything space-related, so even though I know this isn’t really about space, I’m still intrigued mainly for that reason :)

    • Though it doesn’t get super technical, there’s quite a bit of focus on the space travel, especially toward the end…it just might work well for you!

  • Words for Worms

    Oooh this sounds delightfully quirky!

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