Test Blurbs

Blurb #1:
A gifted young surgeon with a chip on his shoulder…
A mostly forgotten but truly incredible invention…
And that wellspring of courage and love…
The indomitable, fragile and amazing human heart.
Western Australia, 1956.
As one of only two dozen surgical teams worldwide performing congenital heart operations, Alec Serafeim and his best friend, Pete O’Neill, are pioneers, daring to do what was until recently deemed impossible. But while Pete is content with what they’ve accomplished at their poor public hospital, Alec aches to do more. Desperate to save more children and longing to be remembered for something other than his mortifying mental breakdown ten years earlier, when the chance to build a heart-lung machine and bring advanced open-heart surgery to Australia presents itself, can the talented but deeply insecure surgeon really say no?
Set against the historical backdrop of the ambitious quest to construct a machine to replace the heart during surgery, The Stars That Govern Us is a moving historical and literary novel about friendship, coping with mental illness, and finding the courage to use our gifts to help others.


Blurb #2:
In the mid-1950s, a brilliant young surgeon determined to overcome his past brings advanced open-heart surgery to the world’s ragged edge.
As one of two dozen surgical teams worldwide performing congenital heart operations, Alec Serafeim and his best friend, Pete O’Neill, are pioneers, doing what was until recently deemed impossible. But while Pete is content with what they’ve accomplished at their Western Australia hospital, Alec aches to do more. Desperate to save more children’s lives and to be remembered for something other than his mortifying mental breakdown ten years earlier, when the chance to build a heart-lung machine—a device that allows for more complex surgeries—presents itself, Alec can’t say no.
Although Alec and Pete’s machine is primitive, their success nevertheless seems certain. But pediatric congenital heart surgery is a merciless field with a steep learning curve. And right as Alec and Pete seem poised on the cusp of success, a catastrophe in the theater shatters Alec’s brittle confidence. With the fate of hundreds of sick children at stake, as well as his career and identity as a surgeon, does Alec have the fortitude to return to operating—let alone the mettle to perform Australia’s first heart-lung machine surgery?
Set against the historical backdrop of the ambitious mission to construct a machine to replace the heart during surgery, The Stars That Govern Us is a moving historical and literary novel about friendship, coping with mental illness, and finding the courage to use our gifts to help others.