April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Title: The Lady Astronaut of Mars
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781466873827
Publisher: tor.com
Author Website: maryrobinettekowal.com
Twitter: @MaryRobinette, @tordotcom
Format: ebook
Available: May 27, 2014
Rating: 5/5 stars
Awards: Finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novelette

A quiet but moving and powerful novelette, The Lady Astronaut of Mars is the story of 63-year-old Elma, who was among the first to explore Mars, and now that she is older, she's not sure if she will ever be able to fulfill her dream of being among the stars again. When the opportunity is again presented to her, she must decide between the love for her husband, or her passion for the stars. This is a beautiful short story that has a surprisingly emotional impact. Highly recommended!

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