Base Ten

Base Ten is a universal story of being held off from one’s self, and how sometimes, we’re pushed to find a way to return.

Reared to believe that she could do anything she set her mind to, young Jillian Greer dreamed of going into space. When she and her research partner Kera Sullivan invented a specialized telescope capable of searching for faraway planets, it looked as though Jillian and Kera would someday fulfill their shared dream.

But ten years later, as Kera trains in a space simulator, Jillian, married and the mother of two children, is packing lunches and helping with homework. As her fortieth birthday draws near, Jillian decides that things have to change.  Leaving her family for ten days, Jillian Greer – astrophysicist, wife, and mother – retreats to the solitude of the forested dunes of northern Lake Michigan, reflecting upon ten years of marriage, interrupted research, and her struggle to get back to the stars.

Base Ten is first in the Women Writing Science series by the Feminist Press and the National Science Foundation.

Praise and Reviews:

"Remarkable. . . phenomenal. . . Never have I dog-eared a novel as much as I have this one."
~ Ann Byle, Grand Rapids Press Review


"A love letter to the Michigan landscape."
~ Literary Life


“Maryann Lesert portrays engaging characters, along with breathtaking recreations of the natural world, and a fascinating introduction to the world of astronomy.”
~ Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife


Nominated for a Great Lakes Book Award in Fiction.


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