We Are All Made of Stars
Ballantine Books / July 26, 2016 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital
Oh, how I loved We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman. Let me rephrase that…this book is fan-freaking-tastic. Several player’s stories are woven together in this tale about life, death, forgiveness, and love. Told from the viewpoints of Hope, Stella, and Hugh, we witness the intricacies of relationships and how illness and death provide a platform for reconciliation and/or reassurances of love.
Stella is a nurse on the night shift at a hospice care facility. We learn early on that her husband has returned from war, suffering from PTSD and a lost limb. It doesn’t take us long to realize her relationship is in strain. While on shift, Stella begins writing letters for patients that she will mail out only after the patient has passed away. It’s a beautiful gift, allowing a person to pen their final thoughts to those they hold dear or wish to impart one last communication. Perhaps a replacement for the communication see longs to have with her husband.