Thursday, January 15, 2015

Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You - The Same Sky; Amanda Eyre Ward

Here's my "Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You" pick for today.  What do you think?

The Same Sky; Amanda Eyre Ward
Ballantine - Jan 2015

From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and Close Your Eyes comes 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, 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 strength—no matter what dangers await—to find the place where you belong.


  1. I just got that eARC and I am so excited to read it. It looks like a beautiful story.

  2. This sounds pretty good. Those kind of stories were daily news for us when we lived in Tucson, one hour or so from the border.

  3. Like Jill, I would say that this is a timely story. I think this author lives in Austin. I'll be interested to read it at some point. And a BBQ restaurant in Austin - just tell me where and I'll be there. LOL

  4. I'm going to have to get my hands on this one. I went on a total Amanda Eyre Ward reading binge right after college, which is weird because of my total disinclination to purposefully read the whole catalog of any author. Anyhow, I've been missing her since, so it's exciting to see her coming out with a new one!

  5. I'm reading this right now and it's very good. I love Amanda's work. Great pick!!!

  6. This novel does sound heartrending, Diane. I hope you will be able to set aside other obligations and read it soon.

  7. Ooo, this book sounds like it would be right down my alley!

  8. I've read the other two books by this author and now I want to read this one also. She is so talented, and I distinctly remember enjoying those books, though it wasn't that recently. Thanks for a good tip.


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