Alice and her husband Jake own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach. Carla is a strong-willed young girl who's had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla's grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands - and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.
In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength - no matter what dangers await - to find the place where you belong.
©2015 Amanda Eyre Ward (P)2015 Recorded Books
Tops, as far as the writing went. Not so high in terms of narratation.
I'm going to stay away from Therese Plummer from now on - I had a hard time with her timing, her character voices, her strangely simpering, child-like inflection. My hope is that she made these choices for this book only, and can unmake these choices for other books and acting gigs in the future.
Maria Cabezas was terrific, and I'd seek her out as a narrator again.
I'm never disappointed by Ward's books. They're always complicated, beatifully constructed, and thoughtful.
Child's character, Carla, fascinating and compelling especially when in relationship with the renegade guide, however the narrator portrayed her voice in a weak manner that belied her indomitable power. Adult female's story also compelling, especially in relation to her sister and in-laws, however the Austin school and class-difference settings come off as hokey and insensitive. The two-narrator device did not help the under-addressed complex social issues.
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