From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and Close Your Eyes comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faithâa ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach. Carla is a strong-willed young girl whoâs had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carlaâs grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own handsâand with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life. In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strengthâno matter what dangers awaitâto find the place where you belong.Praise for The Same SkyâThe Same Sky is the timeliest book you will read this yearâa wrenching, honest, painstakingly researched novel that puts a human face to the story of undocumented youth desperately seeking their dreams in America. This oneâs going to haunt me for a long timeâand itâs going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction.ââJodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time âRiveting, heartrending, and beautifully written, The Same Sky pulled me in on the first page and held my attention all the way to its perfect conclusion. I devoured this book.ââChristina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train âWard is deeply sympathetic to her characters, and this affecting novel is sure to provoke conversations about immigration and adoption.ââThe New York Times Book ReviewâA deeply affecting look at the contrast between middle-class U.S. life and the brutal reality of Central American children so desperate theyâll risk everything.ââPeopleâAmanda Eyre Wardâs novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky, is the most important book to come out of Austin this year.ââThe Austin ChronicleâAfter reading The Same Sky, you just might view the world a little differently. And isnât that the goal of all great art?ââBookreporterâEmotionally gripping . . . a novel that brilliantly attaches us to broader perspectives. It is a needed respite from the angry politics surrounding border issues that, instead of dividing us, connects us to our humanity.ââThe Dallas Morning NewsâIt takes a skilled, compassionate writer to craft an authentic, moving page-turner from a complex social issue like immigration, but Ward nails it.ââGood Housekeeping âPoignant and bittersweet . . . Eyreâs wrenching fifth novel is a study in contrasts. . . . Carlaâs journey is powerfully rendered and will stick with readers long after they close the book.ââPublishers Weekly âWard writes with great empathy. . . . Earnest and well-told. Heartstrings will be pulled.ââKirkus Reviews
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From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and Close Your Eyes comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faithâa ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.
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