Review: The Same Sky

February 3, 2015 Amanda Eyre Ward, Ballantine, book review, children, fiction, infertility 5

  • Written By:  Amanda Eyre Ward
  • Published By:  Ballantine Books, January 20, 2015The Same Sky
  • Length:  288 pages
  • Source: E galley via Edelweiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

A beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith—a 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 who’s 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 Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, risking 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 strength—no matter what dangers await—to find the place where you belong. (publisher)

My Thoughts:  This first sentence of this book:

My mother left when I was five years old

This is the voice of Carla, an eleven year old girl living in Honduras. Her life is hard, and it gets worse for she and her younger brother after their grandmother dies.

Alice met Jake when she was in NYC and working on her graduate degree.  She had left small town Colorado with a full scholarship to Columbia.  She had survived a huge health crisis and she was happy to be alive.  Jake made her feel complete, he was ready to return to Texas and take over his father’s BBQ business.

The Same Sky is told in alternating chapters, first person by both Carla and Alice.  The reader learns about Carla’s plans to escape her life and assure she and her brother a better life in America.  We also learn about Alice’s search for the thing that is missing in her life. She helps with their restaurant and eventually helps with a student from the high school.

This book is so honest and lovely and yet gut wrenching.  Carla’s story is tragic and harrowing. I found myself holding my breath as I read the pages of her trip, how she met people to help her and Junior along the way.  Alice is told with an honest look at a married woman who feel unfulfilled.  While she has love with her husband, she’s unable to have the family she so desperately needs.

While we read daily about illegal immigrants, by putting a face and human story behind it, Amanda Eyre Ward has made this dangerous plight seem so real, and harrowing.  I can’t imagine a child alone, in poverty,afraid of being robbed,raped, and murdered.  Her only hope an equally daunting dangerous journey to the US.

I loved this book, it’s tale of hope amid the darkness, it’s story of two women whose lives eventually cross in the unlikeliest of circumstances.  I highly recommend this book, it’s one you won’t soon forget. For more information about the author, Amanda Eyre Ward, please visit her website.

Thank you Ballentine for the opportunity to read this book early.  The opinions are all mine and I received no other compensation for this review.

5 Responses to “Review: The Same Sky”

  1. ondbookshelf

    I really enjoyed this one. Carla’s story was particularly compelling for me, and I appreciated the fact that the author did a good job of finishing the story. Once I get attached to a character, I want to know that they are going to be all right after I close the book 🙂

  2. anita

    Good storyline straight from today’s issues. I haven’t heard of a book that tackles this one, though I’m sure there are many out there.

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