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Meet Stella, an amazing toddler whose life – and death – brought together a community in love, laughter and grace. Stella’s parents welcomed Star journalist Catherine Porter into their lives at this shattering time to chronicle how one remarkable family and their community grappled with issues of deep concern to our society - the decisions we make around our living and our dying. Over the course of a year, family, friends and complete strangers worked together to give Stella a lifetime of experience. In doing so, they show us what is best about the human spirit. Poignant and life-affirming, Stella is a compelling read.



Catherine Porter is a columnist at the Toronto Star with a pesky penchant for writing long features. She sometimes drops her column for a few weeks to delve into a longer project, delivering insightful, carefully-crafted longer reads on things as disparate as schooling in Haiti and traditional Mayan midwives in Guatemala. She has won one National Newspaper Award and been nominated for two others. She lives in East Toronto where, in her free time, she helps run a community farmers’ market. She is happily married with two funny, little kids.  



Star Dispatches ebooks provide readers with exceptional long-form journalism from the Toronto Star newsroom.


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