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God is an Astronaut

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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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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
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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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.
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
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.
The style of this book is awful. It's all from one person's point of view, and it's ALL told via her emails, and in those emails is nothing interesting at all. I struggled with this for a day before flipping to the back and realising it doesn't ever get better. ...more
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
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
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
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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From: The Eye of Sauron
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2016 11:02 pm
To: Shagrat
Cc: Gorbag
Subject: Re: put a ring on 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'
Margaret Hoff
3.5 - I read this e-book sporadically but enjoyed it. The novel is written strictly in emails from Jess to Arthur; professor colleagues and former lovers. Their relationship occurred while she was married and the emotional tie is still strong although the affair has ended. The entire book leads up to Jess being a passenger in a privately funded space program. Pretty fascinating! It was actually a bit amazing how vividly the story unfolded solely on the basis of one-way emails. While not profound ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, but it never truly grabbed me. There were a few social observations about work, and life, and family dynamics which I enjoyed, but the feeling seemed to be fleeting. Mostly, I was overcome by the strong urge to get the whole thing over with. I found the format of the book - consistently seeing one-side of a two-way email conversation - rather annoying and disjointed, and had difficulty engaging with the relationships as some of them seemed wooden, underdeveloped, or t ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started off intriguing but quickly became a boring gimmick. I couldn’t get over the idea of someone writing novel-like to someone as an email. Felt super inauthentic and made me cringe. Not to mention the main character is a bit annoying. It’s not badly written. I’ll give it that...just...boring.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
An epistology - really not a book I enjoyed. Maybe because reading emails seems to much like “work”.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! So well done and really interesting.

Different and so emotional for me. I really like how the author was able to weave this story together.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how they chose the title? Other than it was about going to space.
Unique way of telling a story through one person’s eyes by writing letters to a friend.
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Allen Adams
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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.
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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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