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In Amanda Skenandore's provocative and profoundly moving debut, set in the tragic intersection between white and Native American culture, a young girl learns about friendship, betrayal, and the sacrifices made in the name of belonging.

On a quiet Philadelphia morning in 1906, a newspaper headline catapults Alma Mitchell back to her past. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma's childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Harry-or Asku, as Alma knew him-was the most promising student at the "savage-taming" boarding school run by her father, where Alma was the only white pupil. Created in the wake of the Indian Wars, the Stover School was intended to assimilate the children of neighboring reservations. Instead, it robbed them of everything they'd known - language, customs, even their names - and left a heartbreaking legacy in its wake.

The bright, courageous boy Alma knew could never have murdered anyone. But she barely recognizes the man Asku has become, cold, and embittered at being an outcast in the white world and a ghost in his own. Her lawyer husband, Stewart, reluctantly agrees to help defend Asku for Alma's sake. To do so, Alma must revisit the painful secrets she has kept hidden from everyone -especially Stewart.

Told in compelling narratives that alternate between Alma's childhood and her present life, Between Earth and Sky is a haunting and complex story of love and loss, as a quest for justice becomes a journey toward understanding and, ultimately, atonement.

©2018 Amanda Skenandore (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Interesting and sympathetic fictional account of the misguided attempt to educate Native American children into white America. I found that aspect of the story quite moving and heartbreaking. About half-way into the story, the author shifted the focus to romance, and that significantly detracted from the book. Initially I would have rated this much higher, but it slipped into romantic melodrama ( and the traumatic event was signaled well in advance so there wasn't much dramatic tension when it finally occurred ). The narration was serviceable.

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Youth innocents - adult reality

Book Club Book for sure. It's written so that you feel a part of the story or sucked into felling like your there. A love story, historical data, with passion, heart break and smiles. It's not often I leave feed back but this book warrants the time. Loved the flash backs and being introduced to a very difficult part of Native American children's lives. Throughout the book I wondered how it would all end. I was very surprised of the ending and I found it surprising.
Read it - I'm so happy I did.