OUR CHILD OF THE STARS By Stephen Cox. Review.


Jo Fletcher Books, s/b, £8.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

A heartwarming tale of love, loss and unity set in late 1960’s mid-town America, Cox’s novel introduces us to the Myers – librarian Gene and nurse Molly. A couple that fell deeply in love, married and tried to have children, but when Molly miscarried, their marriage almost fell apart. Molly turns to alcohol to dull the pain, and a lonely Gene forever being pushed away by Molly almost slips into adultery.

When a mysterious object crashes into the woods near their house, Molly and Gene find themselves entrusted with a child (their titular child of the stars). Cory Myers reunites Gene and Molly, giving their lives meaning once more and helps them to begin rebuilding their lives.

Cox weaves a tale filled with love, loss, joy and peril – as the US military, led by a ruthless doctor tries to uncover the secrets of the crashed object, seems hot on the trail of Cory, will the Myers family escape the clutches of the military and be able to live their lives in freedom, or will they be forever on the run?

This beautifully written tale takes the reader to a 1969 that is slightly different to the one that we know but wonderfully realised.

1 Comment on OUR CHILD OF THE STARS By Stephen Cox. Review.

  1. This wonderful, enchanting novel spellbound me. I’ve not read anything like it before. Its portrayal of a young alien child, embraced by a human couple with so much love to give, in the paranoid, moon-reaching world of 1969, is all-powerful and astonishing. I love this book. Its beautiful cover fits with it perfectly. It might be only January but I know this will be in my top 10 for 2019. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. A relatable, family-centric story with a compelling premise (adoption of an alien child) which reads like an urban fable. Though definitely warm-hearted, this is not a ‘cosy’ read — there is genuine threat, moral dilemma and a twisting plot, all set against a background of social upheaval. A thought-provoking tale of love, community and what it means to be ‘human.’ Recommended; would make a fabulous film.

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