07-24-2009 09:41 PM
07-25-2009 05:14 PM
:smileyhappy: I started reading "Under This Unbroken Sky" today. I am blown away by Ms. Mitchell's beautiful prose. I love this writing.
Thank you Ms. Mitchell for letting us share your beautiful writing in the first look club.
I can't wait to read more.
07-25-2009 06:09 PM
I just finished this fabulous book, and I must say that I hope that Ms. Mitchell has more to share in the future! The tension that was built as I read it was like going up, up, up on a roller coaster, then coasting for a bit, then going up, up, up again. I won't say much more now because I don't want to ruin it for other readers, and I am quite looking forward to the discussions!
Life is simple: Eat, read, quilt, sleep, repeat!
07-26-2009 12:20 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.
This is my first venture into this book club. The book sounds like it will be a great read. Can't wait for my copy to arrive!
Addicted to reading since Dick and Jane!
07-27-2009 08:28 AM
I am absolutely thrilled to be reading this book. I just finished the Spring and Summer sections. I am reluctantly putting the book away for a few days so I don't get too far ahead of schedule. I am engrossed with these characters, and leaving them for a few days seems like a betrayal of some sort. I am looking forward to lively discussions in the very near future.
07-27-2009 03:12 PM
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08-19-2009 02:25 AM
"what goes in the mind, comes out in life."