Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe is a nuanced depiction of military families and their unique struggles. Ellen Silverman is an English professor in Madison, Wisconsin. She is also the guardian of Michael, a young man who enlists in the military in 2005. Lacey is a personal trainer in suburban New York City, whose husband, Eddie, is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Lacey and Ellen meet after Eddie and Michael are injured in Iraq and are transferred to Walter Reed hospital. These two very different women form an unlikely alliance and friendship as they fight for proper care for their loved ones.
Based on events in recent history, this is a nuanced look at the effect of war on families. Gritty, honest, and at times heartbreaking, Blue Stars features complex characters dealing with questions of honor, sacrifice, and politics. Readers looking for a thought-provoking novel will be richly rewarded by Tedrowe’s second novel.