Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

In this heartrending and poignant novel, award-winning author Amanda Eyre Ward tells the story of Alice Conroe, a forty year old Texas barbecue owner who has the perfect life, except she and her husband long for a child. Unable to conceive, she’s trying desperately to adopt but her destiny is quickly altered by a young woman she’s never met.

Fearless thirteen-year-old Carla Trujilio is being raised by her grandmother in Honduras along with her four year old twin brothers. Her mother is sending money home from Texas where she’s trying to make a better life for her family, but she only has enough to bring one son to her. When Carla’s grandmother dies, Carla decides to take her fate into her own hands and embarks on a dangerous journey across the border with Junior, the twin left behind.

Two powerful journeys intersecting at a pivotal moment in time: Alice and Carla’s lives will be forever and profoundly changed. Heartbreaking, emotional, and arresting, this novel is about finding the courage to trail blaze your own path in life with faith, hope and love, no matter the struggle or the tragedy.  

Full information on Amazon: The Same Sky: A Novel

**Many thanks to Net Galley and Ballantine Books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.**

This insomniac's opinion: 

I don't always care for dual narration. The reader always finds herself resonating far more with one narrator than the other. This novel was very well done, however, and I quickly fell in love with both Alice and Carla, all while wondering when their stories would intersect. It was a bit jarring to go from Carla's deeply bleak world to Alice's rather comfortable American life but I feel that this element added to the story. 

I am drawn to stories of immigration, legal or not. As a public health nurse I work with many refugees, legal and undocumented immigrants. Their stories never cease to humble me at a very deep level. This story felt as real as any of those stories that I have been told. I hoped for Carla. I wept for Carla. And, when her story ran smack into Alice's- I put down my kindle and cried until my eyes hurt. 

This is certainly one of my favorites of the year thus far. Highly recommended, deeply emotional read. Bring Kleenex.

Worth staying up all night to read?

Hell yes!


5 stars

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