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We Own the Sky

by Luke Allnutt

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We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2018, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 5, 2019, 384 pages

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Kim Kovacs

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A moving novel that follows one parent's response to their child's serious illness.

Rob and Anna Coates have an idyllic life together; they have successful careers, love each other beyond reason, and have a beautiful five-year-old boy, Jack. Concern begins to overwhelm their happiness, however, as they first notice that their son is having balance issues and then he begins to experience blackouts. The diagnosis: brain cancer. Luke Allnutt's debut novel, We Own the Sky, follows Rob as he narrates his travels along a road no parent should have to navigate – the declining health and ultimate death of one's child.

A book with this premise at its core seems like it would be depressing, but I didn't find it so for the most part. The story's not really about Jack, it's about Rob – how he handles the situation, the choices he makes, the emotional rollercoaster he rides throughout. The novel keeps us squarely in Rob's head, to the point...

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