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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Priscille Sibley Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9780062293527
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Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when they wed. Now in their late thirties, the deeply devoted couple has everything—except the baby they've always wanted.

When a tragic accident leaves Elle brain-dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear losing her, he knows his wife, a thoughtful and adventurous scientist, feared only one thing—a slow death. Just before Matt agrees to remove Elle from life support, the doctors discover that she is pregnant. Now what was once a clear-cut decision becomes an impossible choice. Matt knows how much this child would have meant to Elle. While there is no certainty her body can sustain the pregnancy, he is sure Elle would want the baby to have a chance. Linney, Matt's mother, believes her son is blind with denial. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive by artificial means, no matter what the situation.

Divided by the love they share, driven by principle, Matt and Linney fight for what each believes is right, and the result is a disagreement that escalates into a controversial legal battle, ultimately going beyond one family and one single life.

Told with sensitivity and compassion, The Promise of Stardust is an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine—and illuminates, with beauty and grace, the power of love to wound . . . and to heal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I read this first novel two times. The first time, I was intrigued. The second time, I felt privileged to share in such an amazing story.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

  • “Sibley wrestles with the most complex medical ethics in our time and gives us characters who will stay with us long after the last page. She is a skilled story teller.”

    Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of Lost & Found

  • “Sibley’s debut dissects the ethics of a patient’s right to die with dignity…The journey is heartrending and tragic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There’s nothing like devastating moral quandary to spark reading…A great book club choice.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sibley does a wonderful job of exploring a complex and controversial moral issue, skillfully giving both sides of the story…A gripping, thoughtful, heart-wrenching, and well-written debut.” 


  • “A literate and incandescent Nicholas Sparks–like love story complicated by intense moral and ethical questions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Woven with elegance through a twenty-year love story, the novel takes numerous twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages.”

    Catherine McKenzie, author of Forgotten

  • “Priscille Sibley manages a delicate and brave balance with this gripping novel.” 

    Katrina Kittle, author of The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals

  • The Promise of Stardust is a story about love and sacrifice, conflict, and hope. I couldn’t put it down, and when I open it next time, I’ll read it more slowly. Highly recommended. A winner!”

    Patricia Harman, author of The Midwife of Hope River

  • The Promise of Stardust is a riveting story of a family ripped apart by an impossible choice. You will live these characters’ lives like they are your own and race through the pages of this engrossing, deeply moving novel.”

    Kristina Riggle, author of Keepsake

  • “Priscille Sibley explores with compassion and insight how political and personal needs align and shift as a husband, a mother, and a father navigate the needs of a family member in crisis.”

    Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters

  • Selected for the February 2013 Indie Next List
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About the Author

Priscille Sibley is the author of The Promise of Stardust. Her short fiction has appeared in MiPoesias and her poetry in the Shine Journal. She is a member of Backspace Writers Forum and Liberty State Fiction Writers. A neonatal intensive care nurse by training, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons. 

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.