The Stars We Share (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Rafe Posey

Pamela Dorman Books, 9781984879622, 400pp.

Publication Date: May 18, 2021

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A sweeping WWII novel about the secrets we keep from the ones we love, and a couple tested again and again by distance, sacrifice, and a woman's ambition to fulfill her own dreams

Alec and June meet in a small English town in 1927 when they are children. Alec has lost his parents in India to cholera; he's a dreamy, thoughtful child who maps the stars and invents magical stories. June is a gifted young mathematician, memorizing train timetables and studying equations. They grow close, and their love feels inevitable, until war separates them. Alec becomes an RAF pilot; June, a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, which means keeping the important work she does a secret from Alec forever. Though they're separated for years at a time, they share the certainty that their love will endure.

But when they're reunited after the war, they return deeply changed by their experiences, each with different expectations and hopes for the future. The couple must decide how much of themselves to reveal to the one they love, which dreams can be sacrificed, and which secrets are too big to bear alone.

A poignant, heart-wrenching novel that asks readers to think deeply about the decisions and deceptions--small and large--that make a life and a love worth having.

About the Author

Rafe Posey earned his MFA from the University of Baltimore, and currently teaches writing, English, and humanities courses at a maximum security prison in Maryland. His short fiction has appeared in Poydras Review, Empty Sink, and The Light Ekphrastic, and his MFA chapbook, The Book of Broken Hymns, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. The Stars We Share is his debut novel.