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Between Earth and Sky

(2018)
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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.

Genre: Historical    

Praise for this book

"A masterfully written novel about the heart-wrenching clash of two American cultures . . . a fresh and astonishing debut." - V S Alexander

"Gripping and beautifully written, Between Earth and Sky tugs at the heart with its dynamic heroine and unique cast of characters. Though this novel brings alive two historical American eras and settings, the story is achingly modern, universal and important." - Karen Harper

"A sweeping tale of courage, friendship, and love, Between Earth and Sky held me spellbound. This engrossing novel transports the reader to frontier America, amid the tensions between the White Man, the Natives, and those who longed to bridge the gap in understanding and compassion. Skenandore doesn’t miss a beat—her elegant prose sings, Alma and Harry’s story mesmerizes, and the evocative setting feels all too real. I adored this book!" - Heather Webb


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July 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Between Earth and Sky (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction)
Author(s): Amanda Skenandore
ISBN: 1-4328-5111-X / 978-1-4328-5111-8 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Between Earth and Sky
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ISBN: 1-4967-1366-4 / 978-1-4967-1366-7 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Between Earth and Sky
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ISBN: 1-4708-1583-4 / 978-1-4708-1583-7 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Between Earth and Sky: Library Edition
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ISBN: 1-4708-1582-6 / 978-1-4708-1582-0 (USA edition)
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Title: Between Earth and Sky
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