Under This Unbroken Sky

Under This Unbroken Sky

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The story of an immigrant family trying to build a life in an unforgiving new world, Under This Unbroken Sky is a mesmerizing and absorbing first novel of love and greed, pride and desperation. Award-winning writer Shandi Mitchell based this evocative and compelling narrative of struggle and survival on the Canadian prairie on her own family history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061774030
  • 9780061774034
  • 1,748,672

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A magnificent novel. . . . A powerhouse of a debut that grips from start to finish. --Steven Galloway, author of the The Cellist of Sarajevo"
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Back cover copy

Spring 1938. After nearly two years in prison for the crime of stealing his own grain, Ukrainian immigrant Teodor 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 Teodor--a man who has overcome drought, starvation, and Stalin's purges--is determined to make a better life for them. But the family's hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived when Anna's rogue husband, the arrogant and scheming Stefan, unexpectedly returns, stirring up rancor and discord that will end in violence and tragedy.

Shandi Mitchell has woven an unbearably suspenseful story, rich with fiery conflict, written in a language of luminous beauty and clarity.
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1,181 ratings
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4 44% (523)
3 17% (206)
2 4% (52)
1 1% (11)
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