Emily Hamilton, author of The Stars Too Fondly, in conversation with Nathan Tavares

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome Emily Hamilton for the release of her debut novel The Stars Too Fondly! Nathan Tavares will join Hamilton in conversation. This event will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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In her breathtaking debut—part space odyssey, part sapphic rom-com—Emily Hamilton weaves a suspenseful, charming, and irresistibly joyous tale of fierce friendship, improbable love, and wonder as vast as the universe itself.

So, here’s the thing: Cleo and her friends really, truly didn’t mean to steal this spaceship.

They just wanted to know why, twenty years ago, the entire Providence crew vanished without a trace. But then the stupid dark matter engine started all on its own, and now these four twenty-somethings are en route to Proxima Centauri, unable to turn around, and being harangued by a snarky hologram that has the face and attitude of the ship’s missing captain, Billie.

Cleo has dreamt of being an astronaut all her life, and Earth is kind of a lost cause at this point, so this should be one of those blessings in disguise that people talk about. But as the ship gets deeper into space, the laws of physics start twisting, old mysteries come crawling back to life, and Cleo’s initially combative relationship with Billie turns into something deeper and more desperate than either woman was prepared for.

Lying somewhere in the subspace between science fantasy and sapphic rom-com, The Stars Too Fondly is a soaring near-future adventure about dark matter and alternate dimensions, leaving home and finding family, and the galaxy-saving power of letting yourself love and be loved.


“The fate of the world rests in the hands of a ragtag group of queers stuck on a spaceship bound for Proxima Centauri. Even though they live in the future, their concerns are all too familiar: astrology, quoting Mary Oliver, watching The Watermelon Woman, and processing their feelings. Emily Hamilton's debut is as addictive as it is funny, and as interstellar as it is human.”
— Amelia Possanza, author of Lesbian Love Story

“Emily Hamilton’s The Stars Too Fondly begins as a quippy heist with an endearing cast, then evolves into a space comedy that has as many thoughtful explorations of the inner-workings of dark matter as the – equally complicated – relationships that make up a found family. This highly self-aware novel prioritizes care and connection, without sacrificing any of the fun of space (mis)adventure. Because sometimes saving the world starts with saving each other. I cannot wait to see readers who love Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon and Harrow go absolutely feral for Cleo and Billie.” — Micaiah Johnson, author of The Space Between Worlds

"Funny and charming, The Stars Too Fondly perfectly balances Starfleet "can do" attitude, punk swagger, and cozy rom-com vibes. Emily Hamilton's debut is a wildly original tale that feels cozy and epic at the same time. My Trekkie heart adored it."  — Mike Chen, New York Times bestselling author of A Quantum Love Story

“Heartpounding, heartwarming, and flat-out fantastic, this book is as brilliant and beautiful as the stars! I laughed, I cried, I cheered -- I absolutely loved it! A new favorite!”
— Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Bone Maker


Emily Hamilton is a science fiction author who writes about women kissing in space.  Her debut novel, The Stars Too Fondly, is forthcoming from Harper Voyager (US) and Gollancz (UK) in June 2024.  She is also a Smith College alum and an award-winning staff writer at the alt-weekly newspaper Seven Days.  She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her wife and their tiny dog Mimi.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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ISBN: 9780063320819
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Harper Voyager - June 11th, 2024


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