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Jess Frobisher is a botany professor at the local university. Her husband, Liam, works for a space tourism company called Spaceco, which has just become front-page news: one of their shuttles exploded shortly after liftoff, killing everyone on board. The press descends. With the future of the company in doubt, a husband-and-wife filmmaking team approaches Liam about making ...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA (first published June 10th 2014)
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Carolyn

I really enjoyed this slightly different, offbeat book. The story is told entirely in emails from botany professor, Jess Frobisher to her recent ex-lover and fellow colleague Arthur. Arthur has taken himself off on sabbatical to the wilds of Canada to study the effects of climate change on pine trees. Although we never see his return emails we are able to intuit some of his responses from Jess's replies and get a sense of his character and feelings. There is a lot of humour in their corresponden
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Elaine
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Botanist Jess Frobisher certainly has her hands full, juggling her career, children, marriage to space tourism boss Liam, as well as taking on singlehandedly the construction of her own 20’ x 30’ greenhouse. When we join the story, her life has just been turned upside down by a disaster which struck Liam’s company. Their home is being bombarded by journalists and documentary film makers, not to mention Liam’s colleagues taking over the house as “Disaster HQ” and Jess herself is going to have to ...more
Shannon
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Botanist Jessica Frobisher and her husband Liam live a normal life in their Michigan home until a disaster strikes Liam’s space tourism company, Spaceco. In the midst of legal battles and increasing pressures, Jessica and Liam agree to be followed by documentary cameras in hopes of polishing Spaceco’s name. Instead, the cameras capture both the family and the company’s gradual decline.

In a total diversion from common narratives, God is an Astronaut is written completely in Jess's e-mails to a fo
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Emily
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I had to physically force myself to finish this book. I hated the writing style, the continuous spelling errors infuriated me, and I found the story line uneventful.

A book formed of a series of e-mails between Jess and a colleague on sabbatical. Jessica Frobisher is a botany professor at a university in Michigan. Her husband, Liam, works for a space tourism company called Spaceco, which has begun sending members of the public into space. When disaster strikes, and a mission goes badly wrong, re
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Stephen
this book is one of those where you would either hate it or love it. the format of using emails felt at first strange but as the story/plot unfolds you get used to the one person dialogue as the person talks about her colleagues, family and life in general and the gradual breakdown of her marriage after the shuttle disaster which her husband owns.
one drawback however is the one person dialogue in some parts of the book as you have to read between the lines of Arthur replies and the implied affai
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Cthulhu Down My Chimney 2Night
First-person literary narrative should be the forte of an accomplished writer, and here we see exactly such. Not only first-person singular,but epistolary; one that would expect skewed perspectives,but our author surmounts this and gives us both three-dimensional characters and a solid understanding of the background, both present and past.
Toni
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the writing in God Is an Astronaut was excellent. I was drawn into the author's clever use of the language and her ability to reconstruct conversation in a believable way. The voice of the character, Jess, rang true and clear in her emails. The emails seemed honest, albeit about her confusions, while she seemed to be sleep walking through her life and relationships with the people who were not at the other end of her emails. Most of her real time conversations seemed like 'blurts' with ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
This novel is written in the form of emails, which I have a fierce dislike of. But it must be said that I never dismiss any story because of the style it's written in. Foster's novel surprised me as the emails flowed naturally and I enjoyed the writing. Jess's recipient of the emails is her co-worker, Arthur (who is currently on a sabbatical). The reader isn't privy to Arthur's replies, and curiosity is stimulated. There are secrets that weigh the emails and much of our story hides here. Jess's ...more
Latkins
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual novel in that it's written solely in emails from botany professor Jess to her erstwhile colleague and lover Arthur. Jess's husband Liam works for a space tourism company, Spaceco, and when one of their rockets blows up, killing everyone on board, Jess and her family find themselves under siege from the press, and then from a French documentary filmmaker, Theo. Foster only includes Jess's emails, and not Arthur's replies, drawing you closer into the action of the story. It's an ...more
Renita D'Silva
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, sad and yet funny and very engaging. Loved.
Tiina
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, quite liked it. Not quite 4, but it's definitely above "just liked it" as it's a lovely read. Surprisingly fast, too. I really don't understand the lowish rating but Goodreads sometimes moves in mysterious ways. I mean, OK, it's statistics, and there isn't anything mysterious about the average rating, but sometimes the mind just boggles about people's tastes.
In short, I love (most) epistolary novels and this was written fully as e-mails. The fun thing was that we got only one side of the co
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Pgchuis
This book consists entirely of emails, almost exclusively sent by Jessica, a botany professor, to her colleague, Arthur, who is on sabbatical doing research in Canada. Jessica (who has recently had an affair with Arthur) is married to Liam. Liam works for Spaceco, which sends rich people into space for an orbit of the earth. At the beginning of the book one of Spaceco's rockets has exploded on take off, killing the six people on board. We hear of what Jessica does during the aftermath of the dis ...more
Richard
Oct 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't quite finish this book, I only read the first 15-20 pages of it. Quite weird in it's structure. It is written with only one protagonist speaking. All she is doing is emailing a colleague and perhaps one time lover ? Like I mentioned, I really don't know too much about it, other than I didn't like it from the get go. It is written like an email and it has the protagonist ( Jessica Frobisher ) just rattling on and on to her colleague (Arthur Danielson) about various topics and things. Art ...more
Matt
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really enjoyable, super-readable romp. It was just the book I needed, after coming up a run of books recently that never really captured by interest.

The whole novel is composed of one side of an email correspondence, as botanist Jess writes to her academic colleague and lover Arthur about the tragedy that strikes her husband's company, called SpaceCo which seems like a not-even-veiled version of SpaceX. And though the format doesn't sound promising, Jess' voice is funny and rich and v
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Karla
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Who would think that a book that included a space disaster, space travel and an extramarital affair could be so boring?
This is written entirely as a one sided email conversation - really detracted from the story.
Eye of Sauron
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
From: The Eye of Sauron
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2016 11:02 pm
To: Shagrat
Cc: Gorbag
Bcc:
Subject: Re: put a ring on it

I CAN'T DO THAT, YOU IMBECILES. THAT SMALL FOOLISH HOBBIT-THING STILL HAS IT.

So I'll simply wait here and bide my time. There is no possible way this can go wrong; the conveniently existent volcano of unmaking is still far away from the pitiful creatures, and I will destroy them as easily as I would crush your pathetic faces.

Meanwhile, do me a huge favor and GET BACK TO WORK. I'
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Brianna Cunliffe
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so unique and striking; a truly inventive work of fiction. What struck me most was how relatable Jess was, and at the same time how much the reader became Arthur throughout their dialogue. By mixing the mundane and the cosmic, the author manages to impart some heady concepts and themes without ever seeming to lose the self deprecating, pragmatism which makes it so accessible and resonant.
Zarin Bari
I haven't read to many first person narratives in the form of email communication but I guess there's a first time for everything. It took me a while to get past the format but eventually started to enjoy the story line.
Susan Ward
Interesting story told from an interesting format - emails. Jessica's husband's company, Spaceco, takes civilians on an orbit around the world. There's a tragic explosion and Jessica is telling her friend/colleague all about it via email.
Stargazer
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Dull.
Mom2nine
It took me about 100 pgs to get into this slowly paced book, but then Foster had me. This book is different, quirky and enjoyable
Caroldaebler Yahoo.com
An epistology - really not a book I enjoyed. Maybe because reading emails seems to much like “work”.
Allen Adams
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mankind’s fascination with space is an eternal one. There are few among us who haven’t spent at least a little time dreaming about being up there, no longer Earthbound. It’s such a widely held dream that there are companies out there whose sole purpose is to find a way to shoot regular people (really really rich regular people, but still) into space. It’s the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream simply by writing a giant check.

But what if something were to g
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Jessica
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fabia Scali-Warner
I loved this book.
It is weird (epistulary sci-fi? that's a first) and quirky but one of the few novels I read cover to cover in a long time.
It may not be perfect, but it has a soul - and that is worth 5 stars.
Sam Still Reading
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of books in letter format
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: sent to me by publisher- thank you!
The meaning of the title of God is an Astronaut didn’t really make sense to me until the very end of the book – and even not very much then! Don’t be put off by the title – this is not about religion, nor excessively about space. The novel is told in a series of emails (107, the cover tells me) between our main character Jess (only her mum calls her Jessica) and work colleague at the university, Arthur. He’s gone off into the wilds for research, while Jess is stuck at home, teaching and tending ...more
Triduana
I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I chose to read this book as the premise intrigued me. There can't be many other instances of astronomy and botany being linked in literature.

It sounded like it could be quite an intense book from the description. I wasn't put off by the whole story being told through the emails of a single character: I had doubts that it would be as effective as it was. Through this method of telling the story we only see the personality of one charac
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Julie Mestdagh
"God is an astronaut" was pushed into my hands by my husbands during one of our most recent visits to the bookstore. "Here, this looks funny and I think you'll like it". I admit, the title is guarantee for curiosity and the cover is also quite nice (I do suspect the lady on the front having to do something with my husband being drawn to the book - that completely aside). I didn't know quite what to expect, but the book positively surprised me.

We meet protagonist Jess, a biology / botanical resea
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Allen Murphey
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Frobisher is a botany professor teaching in Ann Arbor, Michigan. God is an Astronaut is told in her emails to colleague Arthur, who’s in northern Canada researching pine trees and global warming. Jess’s husband is CEO of a private space exploration company which has just suffered the loss of two pilots and four passengers in a shuttle explosion.

Her emails update Arthur on her two children, on her progress building a greenhouse in her back yard, on investigations and media coverage surrou
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Michele
The format is what makes this novel unique and garnered four stars from me. Epistolary in the form of emails, it is entirely one-sided in that we only read the emails sent from our protagonist to her former lover. Jess is a married mother of two, a successful college professor, when her husband's company - a private company that offers commercial trips to space - experiences sudden disaster: a rocket ship with a load of commercial passengers explodes after launch. The company, it turns out, has ...more
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Alyson Foster was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and received her M.F.A. from George Mason University, where she was a Completion Fellow. Foster lives in the D.C. area with her husband and her son.
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