My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: 19th June 2014
Source: ARC courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia via Netgalley
Jessica Frobisher is a botany professor. Her husband, Liam, runs SpaceCo, a company providing private passengers the opportunity to travel into space and orbit the earth, for a suitable price tag. When the SpaceCo shuttle explodes on take off, the inevitable media circus follows Liam home and Jessica, and their children Jack and Corinne are drawn into the fray. When the SpaceCo PR team decide to allow a documentary film maker shoot the unfolding saga, Jess finds herself sitting uncomfortably in the spotlight.
Unable to talk to anyone about what's happening, Jess emails her colleague and friend, Arthur Danielson, and it's through these emails that we see the story unfold. The backstory between these characters is also gradually revealed, until we reach the beautiful, poignant ending.
I found this rather slow to start, but once it got going, I was hooked. I found the one-sided email conversation hard to follow at first, and perhaps a little forced, but as the story developed that bothered me less and less, and I had to keep reading to see how things would turn out.
God is an Astronaut is billed as a love story, and it is, but not in the traditional sense.
Well worth reading.