God Is an Astronaut (Paperback)

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Botanist Dr. Jess Frobisher has finally started to build her dream greenhouse. It’s spring in Michigan and her family is doing fine–until March 11, when her husband tells her there’s been an accident. Earlier that evening, Liam’s Tuscon-based space tourism company Spaceco launched a shuttle that exploded 12 seconds after liftoff.


Four days later, Jess sends an email to her colleague Arthur who is doing soil analysis in Canada. It’s an impulse thing: she’s alone in Michigan on kid duty while Liam tries to do damage control in Arizona. As the news crews descend upon the driveway and the phone becomes a drone, her daily emails to Arthur become a necessary outlet.


A suspenseful tale of family, friendship, and fear, God Is An Astronaut explores the relationships we cling to in crisis and the ones we keep out of habit. Jess’s missives are candid, neurotic, and charming. A modern love story guaranteed to please.

— From Annalia recommends...


The day of the accident, Jess is in the backyard with a chainsaw, clearing space to build the greenhouse she's always wanted. And, as always, she is thinking of Arthur. Arthur, her colleague in the botany department, who never believed she'd actually start the project. Arthur, who, after getting too close, has cut off contact, escaping to study the subarctic pines.

But now there has been a disaster, one connected to her husband's space tourism company: the explosion of a space shuttle filled with commercial passengers, which ignites a media frenzy at her family's doorstep. Jess's engineer husband is implicated, and she knows there is information he's withholding, even as she becomes an unwitting player in the efforts to salvage the company's reputation.

Struggling, Jess writes to the only person she can be candid with. And in her e-mails to Arthur--warm, frank, yet freighted with regret and the old habits of seduction--Jess tries to untangle how her life has changed, in one instant but also slowly, and how it might change still.

With sure pacing and intimate wisdom, God is an Astronaut unfurls a story of secrets and wonderment, of the unforgettable and the vast unknowable.

About the Author

Alyson Foster grew up in Michigan and earned her B.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan, winning a Hopwood Award for her fiction. She received her M.F.A. from George Mason University, where she was a Completion Fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in publications including Glimmer Train, the Iowa Review, Ascent, and the Kenyon Review. Foster lives in Washington, D.C.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781620403587
ISBN-10: 1620403587
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English