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Under This Unbroken Sky

By Shandi Mitchell

Under This Unbroken Sky
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009,
    320 pages.

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  • Laura P. (Atlanta, GA)


    How depressing!
    This book is a real downer! The central characters, a family of Ukrainian immigrants homesteading on the northern Canadian prairie in 1938/39, are victims of the elements, the government, and each other. Nothing good happens to anyone, I confess I kept reading because I was hoping for a turnaround - some positive event that might give any character a reason for hope. Not one appeared. The author's style is as spare as the landscape - which suits the story, except for her annoying habit of inserting descriptive sentence fragments. When commas would produce grammatically correct sentences.(Like that.) I've read "downer" stories told with humor and enjoyed the presentation,but I just did not enjoy this book.
  • Sylvia G. (Scottsdale, AZ)


    Too dark to embrace
    Under This Unbroken Sky is not for the faint of heart. It is very well written and sustains a high level of suspense, even through scenes of daily domestic routine, as you wait for the tragedy promised on the first page to unfold.The characters are believable and compelling and the setting perfectly rendered. However this novel is saturated in unrelenting grimness. It is bleak and you can taste the desperation of the poor family, who are clearly headed for a catastrophic end. I can't say I enjoyed the book although I appreciated it's artistry.
  • Julie, avid reader, PA


    Under This Unbroken Sky
    A harsh, bleak picture of life as an immigrant in 1930's Canada. A time when daily life was a struggle and just making a living took everything one had. I did not like the writing style of the book; the sentences were short and choppy. There was little character development. The characters did not seem to have any control over the events in the book, everything happened "to" them. The book succeeded in communicating the harshness of the time period and ultimately showed the resilience of the human spirit. However, I found it too dark and depressing for my tastes.
  • Debra S. (keene, nh)


    Under This Unbroken Sky
    I had a difficult time putting it down and when I had to, the characters stayed with me, inspiring me with their courage, their determination and their will to survive.
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