Here’s a glimpse of The Stars We Share, which is now available for pre-order!
In 1927, orphaned by cholera, eight-year-old Alec Oswin sails from India, leaning on the constellations in the night sky for stability as he wonders what awaits him in England. Meanwhile, in the English fenlands, June Attwell memorizes maps, patterns, and railway timetables, hoping for a future bigger than her father’s vicarage. Alec and June become friends, and, in time, much more. When the Second World War breaks out, Alec joins the RAF, while the Foreign Office sends June to its covert Y-service outposts on the edge of the war-torn Empire. Their post-war reunion is bittersweet: Alec, shot down and imprisoned in a series of POW camps, grapples with his feelings of uselessness. June, on the other hand, has found her calling. And, while Alec carries most of his scars on the outside, June’s are hidden beneath a layer of secrets that will gnaw away at their marriage for decades.
The Stars We Share is forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books / Viking in Spring 2021.
PRAISE FOR THE STARS WE SHARE
“Posey’s prose is a joy, evocative and expertly cadenced. . . [The Stars We Share] dares to explore, in a hopeful way, the road taken.”
“A love story at its core, The Stars We Share explores the layered repercussions of war and secrecy on the bodies and souls of two unforgettable characters. Whether portraying the bewildering map of a star-studded sky, the low whine of an incoming Zero, or the shifting, tender terrain of love and family, Posey’s exquisitely rendered prose dazzles from start to finish.”
—Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones
“A gripping, tender, and sparkling debut—with impeccable research and exquisite prose, Posey weaves a story of love and loss before, during, and after the Second World War. A beguiling, thought-provoking, and ultimately satisfying novel.”
—Susan Elia MacNeal, Edgar-nominated author of the New York Times-bestselling Maggie Hope series
“A moving exploration of the love between Alec and June, who find themselves in danger of being torn apart by war. Posey observes their secrets and their struggles with a keen and sensitive eye. The writing is tremendous, at once evocative and precise, the ending deeply touching.”
—Frances Liardet, New York Times bestselling author of We Must Be Brave
“The Stars We Share is an absolutely captivating debut that’s equally suspenseful, sweet, lush, and propulsive. It’s the best book I’ve read in quite a while.”
—J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
“Gorgeously written and impeccably researched, The Stars We Share is by turns a love story, a coming of age story, and ultimately a gripping story of the secrets people keep and the toll they take on a family. I loved this utterly engaging, beautiful, and heartbreaking novel.”
—Jillian Cantor, bestselling author of Half Life
“Written with the mythical grandeur of Isak Dinesen, The Stars We Share is a lyrical meditation about how two people born for each other can be torn asunder by war, the corrosive power of secrets and the divisiveness of individual desires. Posey has created vivid, sensitive characters, a wholly believable twentieth century Great Britain, and a tale you won’t soon forget. A beautiful, heartrending read.”
—Jennie Fields, author of Atomic Love
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