OUR CHILD OF THE STARS By Stephen Cox
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.