06-16-2009 11:08 AM
Evocative and compelling, rich in imagination and atmosphere, Under this Unbroken Sky is a beautifully wrought debut from a gifted new novelist.
Spring 1938. After nearly two years in prison for the crime of stealing his own grain, Ukrainian immigrant Theo Mykolayenko is a free man. While he was gone, his wife, Maria, their five children, and his sister, Anna, struggled to survive on the harsh northern Canadian prairie, but now Theo-a man who has overcome drought, starvation, and Stalin's purges--is determined to make a better life for them. As he tirelessly clears this untamed land, Theo begins to heal himself and his children. But the family's hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived. Anna's rogue
husband, the arrogant and scheming Stefan, unexpectedly returns, stirring up rancor and discord that will end in violence and tragedy.
Under this Unbroken Sky is a mesmerizing tale of love and greed, pride and desperation, that will resonate long after the last page is turned. Shandi Mitchell has woven an unbearably suspenseful story, written in a language of luminous beauty and clarity. Rich with fiery conflict and culminating in a gut-wrenching climax, this is an unforgettably powerful novel from a passionate new voice in contemporary literature.
Shandi Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter. Her short films have screened at numerous international festivals, and she is a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts endowment. Mitchell spent her childhood on a military base on the prairies and now makes her home in Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada, with her husband, Alan, and their dog, Annie. Under This Unbroken Sky is her first novel.
07-01-2009 12:41 PM
"No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman." - The Woman in White
07-01-2009 12:46 PM
A Canadian setting, a specific time, some historical information about Russia & Stalin, I'm sure, and "language of luminous beauty and clarity". It sounds wonderful!
07-01-2009 12:47 PM
I absolutely love reading about other countries and foreign people! I guess that makes me a xenophile! Cannot wait!
07-01-2009 12:54 PM
Sounds like an interesting book.
It is a good time in history for a story.
Looks like a nice change of pace from what I have been reading.
07-01-2009 01:06 PM
Ditto...this really sounds interesting and so very different from the previous two books. I think I hear a Monty Python voice saying, "and now for something completely different".
07-01-2009 01:19 PM
I want to echo what others have said. This looks like another great FL selection. Way to go, B&N!
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07-01-2009 01:44 PM
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