Keeper of the Flame

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By JoAnn Petrie Carr

About the Book

Format Dimensions Pages
Softcover 6x9 294

This is a fictional inside look in answer to the question, What’s it like being married to an astronaut? I was an Apollo wife in the sixties, which gives me a unique perspective from which to write this book. This is the feminine view of the space race and has never been done before by an insider. Keeper of the Flame is a metaphor for the universal story of every traditional married woman who found herself exposed to the possibilities offered by the changing world of the sixties. It will also appeal to those younger women who struggle to combine career and family.

Jennifer Davis, devoted mother of four and wife of an Apollo astronaut, had dreamed of being a lawyer. Instead, she married and started a family while her twin brother went to law school. Although the women’s movement tells her she can have a career of her own, she supports her husband in his quest for the moon.

Her husband is a good but neglectful man who is driven by his need to excel at whatever he does. His time and attention are focused exclusively on the moon to the detriment of his family and his relationship with Jennifer. Jennifer pushes the traditional envelope of her life as far as she’s able without jeopardizing Evan’s chances or neglecting her children. NASA lets Evan know he needs to rein her in. Meanwhile, the astronauts, like rock stars, are allowed every indulgence offered by an adoring public.

In spite of Jennifer’s conventional upbringing, an intense relationship with a television director Mason Sears, who is filming a documentary on her family, threatens to become intimate during her husband’s one-month stay on the moon. An emergency on the lunar surface, endangering the crew, causes her to reexamine her core values. She meets the tough choices that face her head on.

About the Author

JoAnn Carr was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from California State at Long Beach and married her high school sweetheart, who was later named to the class of ’66 Astronauts. During her life as the wife of a marine pilot, she organized and administered a private kindergarten in North Carolina. She moved to Houston, Texas where she raised her six children amidst the backdrop of the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. She completed her Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Houston 1978 with all six children still at home, divorced, and practiced law for 30 years. During this time she was a sole practitioner, counsel for the FDIC and counsel for star station one, a 501c3 devoted to space education for children.

This, her first novel, a fictionalized account in answer to the question “what is it like being married to an astronaut”, rich with her experience of what life was like as an insider in the heyday of the space program. She currently lives with her Yorkie in El Lago, Texas.