Star Crossed by Bette Isacoff

“Highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review


All she had to do was follow the script. Her mother wrote it for her. She would become a pianist of note and a teacher, marry a nice Catholic (preferably Polish) boy, and have a spotless house with no pets.
She, on the other hand, hoped to become a figure skater and a doctor. A reasonably clean house, which she’d fill with dogs, was good enough for her. And she’d choose her own husband, thank you.
What would happen when those two sets of expectations collided in a epic clash of dreams? Would she cast aside her mother’s plans to follow her own? What if the boy she loved had a grandfather from Poland, but was Jewish?
A true tale of humor, heartbreak and hope, Star Crossed is a timeless love story from another time.

Star Crossed by Bette Isacoff (press release)



Star Crossed is a gentle but moving book, an innocent yet powerful portrait of two people from different worlds. They are people we love, coming together against all odds. It is a book that captures a time, fearful parents and loving ones, and the youthful, wise optimism that endures. A true love story. We rejoice.”
—Patricia MacLachlan, author, playwright. National Endowment for the Humanities medal recipient and Newbery Medal award winner for Sarah, Plain and Tall

“Today, when roughly 45% of all U.S. marriages are interfaith, few Americans encounter as severe an ordeal to love as Bette and Richard did, yet stories like theirs deserve to be remembered, as testimony to the long, hard road toward tolerance. Insightful, relevant, at times witty, and always absorbing, Star Crossed is highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

“Right from the start, I could tell I was in for a good time. This memoir has everything — it’s an edge-of-your-seat love story, a cautionary tale about parenting, and a wonderfully detailed portrait of an era. Bette is a skilled writer who deftly pulls you in and engages you, from her triumph as a worm dissection-ist at age 10, to her heartache as she confronts a prejudiced and unyielding prospective father-in-law. You’ll be up ‘til the wee hours, I promise, wondering what happens next! Moving, heartbreaking, joyous, I was sorry to see it end. You’ll love it!” Tom Dudzick, playwright, Greetings!Over the Tavern

“…love against the odds is a story that’s pretty irresistible, and Isacoff’s evident passion for her husband is charming, if not enviable. It’s no surprise that the comment she hears most of all is ‘I wish I had a husband like that.’” —Rural Intelligence

“This [memoir] was delightful . . .The book succeeds on several levels . . . The chapters are short, readable, entertaining and even cliff-hanging. The writing is so vivid and thoughtful that I felt I was watching a movie for which the set and costume designers would win awards, not to mention the actors . . . .” —Lauren Zinn, Zinnhouse Blog

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