Stars Go Blue: A Novel
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Stars Go Blue: A Novel

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Laura Pritchett is an award-winning author who has quickly become one of the west’s defining literary voices. We first met hardscrabble ranchers Renny and Ben Cross in Laura’s debut collection, and now in Stars Go Blue, they are estranged, elderly spouses living on opposite ends of their sprawling ranch, faced with the particular decline of a fading farm and Ben’s struggle...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Counterpoint (first published May 19th 2014)
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Laura Resau
Reading this book was a profound experience that I don't think I'll ever forget. It made me FEEL so DEEPLY. It made me feel BIG things, like life and death and love and sorrow and laughter and landscape... Pritchett has this incredible ability to capture the expansive range of human experience and make readers feel it all, right down to their bones. I was already crying just a few pages in-- but the good kind of crying, the kind that lets you glimpse what matters about being a human on earth. Th...more
Diane S.
A brutally honest and unflinching look at a family tragedy and an elderly husbands descent into dementia. Beautifully and poignantly told, the cold weather, the snow and a man's last attempt to right a wrong. The love hate relationship Remy has as a caregiver to her husband of many years. Her resentment and impatience, all so real, as she contemplates the lack of a future they will not have. The notes, the reminders, the struggle as Ben tries so hard to hold on to his thoughts long enough to fin...more
Despite having won a number of awards for her previous books, Laura Pritchett's newest novel may top them all. Stars Go Blue is wintery, passionate and poignant, with characters you want to sweep up in your arms to either heal, or to borrow some of their peaceful presence. This book is particularly moving if you have ever loved someone with dementia. It is full of love for animals and ranching and mountains; full of love of details of the Colorado landscape; full of love for the prickly people i...more
Benjamin Dancer
Stars Go Blue  A Novel by Laura PritchettThe novel reads quickly for three reasons: it’s suspenseful (a bit of a thriller), the reader is captivated by the characters and its lean. A number of things impress me about Laura Pritchett’s story. Let’s start with Ben, one of the protagonists.

Ben wouldn't be a man you’d notice on the street. He's not somebody that would stand out. But because of the attentive focus of the narrative, the old man gets inside your heart and emerges as a hero, becomes somebody you wish you could know, have as a...more
Despite a difficult subject matter, this book has a plot that sucks you right in and won't let you go until you finish the last page. The portrayal of dementia itself and also how it affects loved ones was real and haunting. I enjoyed references to local landmarks, like "Fern's". :)

You have to read this amazing book from local and wonderful author Laura Pritchett.
What a brave and scary thing for a writer to do. By writing in the voice of a protagonist with Alzheimer's, Pritchett forced herself to live in her own father's head. Because both fathers (real and fictional) have the progressive disease, the bittersweet reality of love and loss are profound. But that's not all this novel has to offer. It's just the tip of the iceberg really. I stand in awe of the skill and guts it took to weave such a beautiful story.
Karen West
I was so moved by this short novel. It is about Renny and Ben who are estranged. Ben is struggling with Alzheimer's, and his wife is struggling with being his caretaker. They are both struggling with the murder of their daughter and the release of her murderer from prison. The book is beautifully written, and the characters are well developed. I cried as the characters let me into their lives. A story of family love and the tragedies that life deals us. Set in Colorado, the setting became one of...more
Aug 02, 2014 mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Serious readers & writers
Recommended to mark by: Laura Pritchett
This novel is a Psychological Drama, and it is disturbing – you’ve been warned. It is about diseased minds, both genetically and environmentally caused, and the interaction of both and the dire consequences of diseased minds. Stars go Blue is about death, dying, and killing. It’s about small towns and rural ranch living, which hardly is living at all – but a slow, painful death that struggles to minimize suffering. It’s about being old and how to die. It is about stuff most of us don’t want to t...more
Barbara Richardson
Pritchett's newest novel moved me deeply. Chapters alternate between aging rancher Ben, who's mind is giving way to Alzheimers, and his estranged wife Renny. Being inside Ben's mind is no small feat, but feeling empathy—shockingly clear moments of empathy—for his stressed, harsh wife, well, that made me fall in love with the book in chapter two. "Stars Go Blue" is a page-turner, a very poetic and thoughtful page-turner, because the writing is so lean that everything hues to the story unfolding....more
I haven't read Hell's Bottom, Laura Pritchett's earlier novel and the background story to Stars Go Blue, but this book stands quite well on its own (although reading this one has made me put the earlier novel on my "to read" list). Pritchett does an impressive job of exploring what it is like to be in the mind and body of an Alzheimer's/Dementia sufferer, but, it is not all about the suffering. The characters are well developed and endearing.
Life isn't all roses, nor is it a field of dandelions....more
Excellent writing. An older man faces Alzheimer's and the depiction surely is accurate as to how it affects him. He and his wife live on a ranch in CO. They haven't gotten along well since their daughter was murdered years ago by her husband but now the wife is the caretaker. The chapters alternate between them giving each a chance to describe their circumstances. When the former son-in-law is released from prison, the old couple finally begin to deal with these issues leading to a surprising en...more
Kelly McCloskey-Romero
I found this story profoundly beautiful. Ben is struggling with Alzheimer's disease, and the author's portrayal of his befuddlement was so touching and hopeful. His wife Renny is justifiably angry and lonely. Their family suffered a tragedy five years ago; their daughter was murdered. This is a story of trying to set things right when things have gone horribly wrong. It's set on a ranch in northern Colorado and the writing is vivid and wonderful.
I loved this book. Thank you Ms. Pritchett for a beautifully sad story. Your character Ben just grabbed my heart.

I had just written this when I got an email from my sister (after recommending this book to her) with a copy of an article from the Denver Post about Ms. Pritchett. It was interesting to see how she felt about writing the book. Love it even more now.
Sally Kitter
Stars Go Blue is a hauntingly beautiful tale of a family. I'm afraid if I say anymore I'll either give parts away or write yet another synopsis on a page full of them. Absolutely a must-read, but don't forget the box of tissues.

I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads first reads giveaway.
Heartbreaking. Uplifting. Exquisite. Pritchett writes some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read.
Looking forward to bookclub this week to discuss this book. :) I'll save my review and rating until then. :)
I think there were a couple stories before this one. A farmer gets Alzheimer's and it's about how
his wife handles things as his mind is going. Sort of a sad story.
Mystery/suspense involving person suffering from Alzheimer's
Elizabeth Reid
Fantastic writing, just not a book or subject I would normally read.

Formal review here:
Sherry Holland
Incredible writing. What a powerful story of family.
This story is sad, thought-provoking, human, and satisfying.
Very well written, provides good perspective for those with older parents or family members.
A memorable read

Full review to come.
Love. Heartwrenching story with the backdrop of wintertime on a ranch--exploring memory, unspoken feelings, love, duty, revenge, family.
A painful and beautiful book, grappling with love and loss and the human condition in the largest and smallest of ways.
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“Tell ya what I'm gonna do, see. I'm not going to hope. Now, you don't either. Don't hope your life will get better. Just make it so. Don't hope you are able to handle this baby. Just do it. Just be glad, just move fast, just do what you need to do. But for god's sake, don't hope. Just be...Just be...” 1 likes
“Sometimes this disease reminds me of a Stellar’s jay.” And Zach, sweet Zach, says, “That was well put, Renny,” and winks kindly at her. She tries to stop the smile but it’s too late. She curled her hair this morning with pink plastic curlers and she’s glad she did that because what- oh-what source of joy is there left for her in this world? She is not interested in men and their sexual needs (oh, what a relief, when she took Ben’s hand off her breast decades ago and told him that she was just done with that stuff), but she could use a friend, maybe even a friend that would rub her stiff shoulders and hold her hand, and it might as well be a man since she can’t picture wanting a woman to touch her. Everyone is still smiling at her. Smiling extra hard. She is an honored martyr. She knows that they know. That she has already lost a daughter. And on top of this she has Ben, whose speech and thought has quite suddenly taken a turn for the worse. So she gets an especially high grade for her suffering. And that’s what humans want. To feel special. Even for stupid reasons. Bastards, all of them, she says to herself, to the friendly and smiling faces, all bastards except for maybe Zach. Maybe she hates them all.” 1 likes
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