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The Same Sky: A Novel
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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 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.Praise for The Same SkyThe Same Sky is the timeliest book you will read this year—a wrenching, honest, painstakingly researched novel that puts a human face to the story of undocumented youth desperately seeking their dreams in America. This one’s going to haunt me for a long time—and it’s going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction.”—Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time “Riveting, 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.”—Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train “Ward is deeply sympathetic to her characters, and this affecting novel is sure to provoke conversations about immigration and adoption.”The New York Times Book Review“A deeply affecting look at the contrast between middle-class U.S. life and the brutal reality of Central American children so desperate they’ll risk everything.”People“Amanda Eyre Ward’s novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky, is the most important book to come out of Austin this year.”The Austin Chronicle
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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 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.
Praise for The Same Sky
The Same Sky is the timeliest book you will read this year—a wrenching, honest, painstakingly researched novel that puts a human face to the story of undocumented youth desperately seeking their dreams in America. This one’s going to haunt me for a long time—and it’s going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction.”—Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time
“Riveting, 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.”—Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train
“Ward is deeply sympathetic to her characters, and this affecting novel is sure to provoke conversations about immigration and adoption.”The New York Times Book Review
“A deeply affecting look at the contrast between middle-class U.S. life and the brutal reality of Central American children so desperate they’ll risk everything.”People
“Amanda Eyre Ward’s novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky, is the most important book to come out of Austin this year.”The Austin Chronicle
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      • source: Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train
      • content: "The Same Sky is the timeliest book you will read this year--a wrenching, honest, painstakingly researched novel that puts a human face to the story of undocumented youth desperately seeking their dreams in America. This one's going to haunt me for a long time--and it's going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction."--Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time "Riveting, 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."
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      • content: "Ward is deeply sympathetic to her characters, and this affecting novel is sure to provoke conversations about immigration and adoption."
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      • source: The Austin Chronicle
      • content: "A deeply affecting look at the contrast between middle-class U.S. life and the brutal reality of Central American children so desperate they'll risk everything."--People "Amanda Eyre Ward's novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky, is the most important book to come out of Austin this year."
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      • source: The Dallas Morning News
      • content: "After reading The Same Sky, you just might view the world a little differently. And isn't that the goal of all great art?"--Bookreporter "Emotionally 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."
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      • content: "It takes a skilled, compassionate writer to craft an authentic, moving page-turner from a complex social issue like immigration, but Ward nails it."--Good Housekeeping "Poignant and bittersweet . . . Eyre's wrenching fifth novel is a study in contrasts. . . . Carla's journey is powerfully rendered and will stick with readers long after they close the book."--Publishers Weekly "Ward writes with great empathy. . . . Earnest and well-told. Heartstrings will be pulled."
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        December 8, 2014
        Eyre's wrenching fifth novel is a study in contrasts between a middle-class woman in Texas and a young girl in Honduras. In Austin, Jake and Alice have finally decided to give up on having a baby after 10 years. As Alice struggles to come to terms with the fact that she will never be a mother, Alice throws herself into work at Jake's up-and-coming barbecue joint and tries to funnel her maternal impulses into mentoring a struggling teenager. On the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, 11-year-old Carla lives without a mother (she left for Texas years earlier) in almost unimaginable poverty, where children pick through trash at the dump and sniff glue to stave off hunger. When Carla's grandmother dies, she risks her life to join her mother in Texas. Over the course of Carla's harrowing journey, she walks for miles through deserts and jungles, hitches a ride on a freight train known as "The Beast," and endures pain and loss that makes her long for her simple life back home. The ways in which Alice and Carla's lives intersect are too subtle until the final chapters, which, while poignant and bittersweet, feel rushed. Regardless, Carla's journey is powerfully rendered and will stick with readers long after they close the book.

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        December 15, 2014
        Returning to a format that's proven effective in her past work, Ward (Close Your Eyes, 2011, etc.) creates two very different storylines with no obvious clues as to how they will intersect. Alice lives with her husband, Jake, in Austin, Texas, where they own a wildly successful barbecue joint but have been unlucky in their attempts to adopt a child. Alice-who lost her mother at age 8, then went through extensive cancer treatments during college-refuses to acknowledge her sadness, which causes tension in her relationships with Jake and others. Eleven-year-old Carla, in Honduras, sees her means of support slip away after her mother moves to America and her caretaker grandmother dies. She's left alone to look after her little brother, and the two are slowly starving when Carla decides they will make the long, illegal trip to Texas to join their mother. Their journey is harrowing and traumatic. Ward writes with great empathy; Carla's narrative is particularly page-turning and awful, but it doesn't make Alice's problems any less resonant. Both stories ask questions about what it means to be a survivor. Large amounts of dramatic material nudge the novel toward the sentimental, but it's pulled back by Ward's narrative skill. The spare tone adds urgency to the pacing and suggests a steely reserve on each protagonist's part. Earnest and well-told. Heartstrings will be pulled.

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        February 15, 2015

        Alice is an infertile cancer survivor who longs for a child. Although she loves her husband, Jake, and their life as owners and operators of a popular Austin, TX, BBQ restaurant, her life feels incomplete. Many miles south, an 11-year-old Honduran girl named Carla is forced to grow up quickly when her grandmother dies and her mother refuses to leave Austin to return and care for her and her six-year-old brother. Faced with escalating crime, violence, and other dangers, Carla and her brother attempt the long and dangerous journey to the U.S. border. Her harrowing story is the one that will capture the reader's interest most, and Ward wisely begins her sixth novel (after Close Your Eyes) in the young girl's voice; subsequent chapters alternate between the two characters. Alice and Carla are vastly different in terms of economic status and social privilege, but similar when it comes to possessing courage, hope, and sadness. They both also eventually put themselves first, come what may. VERDICT Both depressing and uplifting, this excellent book club candidate will provoke deep thought and discussion, especially given today's immigration issues.--Samantha Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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