Publisher: Green Heron Productions
Page Length: 341 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction / Medical Fiction
A gifted young surgeon. One of the 20th century's boldest inventions. And the unconquerable, fragile, and amazing human heart.
As one of two dozen teams worldwide performing congenital heart surgeries in the middle 1950s, Alec Serafeim and his best friend, Pete O'Neill, excel in an unforgiving field where the line between life and death is eyelash thin. But while Pete is satisfied with all they have accomplished, Alec aches to do more. Desperate to save more children, he also wishes to be remembered for something other than his mental breakdown ten years earlier.
Alec's opportunity arrives via a chance to join the race to perform Australia's first open-heart surgery using total cardiopulmonary bypass. Swept up in the competition, with a heart-lung machine cobbled together in the hospital basement, Alec charges ahead with surgery on a gravely ill child over Pete's misgivings.
But the heart, for all its amazing strength, is a fragile organ. And when events conspire to shatter Alec's heart, he is left questioning everything. With sick children's lives hanging in the balance, as well as his career as a surgeon, he must find a way to cope with his fallibility--if he hopes to finish what he started.
Set in a fictionalized version of Perth, Western Australia in 1956, The Stars That Govern Us is a captivating, poignant, and unforgettable medical - historical novel set against the backdrop of the development of the heart-lung machine and the birth of open-heart surgery.
Connect with J.R. Alcyone: