The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman is a unique little novel. While it’s subject matter (Aliens 👽) is firmly rooted in Science Fiction, Lerman’s novel feels far more realistic and pared down than anything else in this genre. It’s essentially a very personal story of one woman’s quest for normalcy and later her need for answers to questions that have been on her mind for decades.
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The main protagonist Julia has been stalked all her life by weird and mostly silent Aliens. Their unexpected and sudden passive visits caused her to always be on edge and submerged her into a very reclusive lifestyle. However, as the novel progresses Julia becomes more and more open and determined to solve the mystery of why these “Things” seem to be seeking her out and why they have a connection to her deceased Mother Laura. This progression is brought about through her connection with John, a kind and caring psychiatrist/professor whom she falls in love with and his acquaintances who have also encountered aliens. Lerman writes about these very realistic characters and their exploration of what the Aliens could possibly be on earth for, which ranges from the stuff of nightmares (the usual probing and abductions) to more metaphysical and spiritual ideas. For me, this was the most compelling part of the story, as the possibility of solving the mystery as to why the aliens were on earth kept me reading on.
In conclusion, The Stargazer’s Embassy is a rather intriguing read, it’s pacing is slow in places but the subject matter is unique and compelling enough to overcome such an obstacle. The most interesting characters have to be the Aliens or “things” as by the end of the novel you’re left wondering about what their fate could potentially be and if they ever will find what they are looking for. Ultimately, it’s the spiritual and complex philosophical thought system that is explored that makes The Stargazer’s Embassy such a fresh book to read because you will be questioning it’s meaning long after you read the last page.
A thought provoking and interestingly introspective novel.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley from Mayapple Press in exchange for an honest review.