Under This Unbroken Sky

by Shandi Mitchell

Evocative and compelling, rich in imagination and atmosphere, Under This Unbroken Sky is a beautifully wrought debut from a gifted new novelist.Spring1938.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 354 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.04 out of 5
  • Published October 1st 2009 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
  • Original Title: Under This Unbroken Sky
  • ISBN: 0297856588 (ISBN13: 9780297856580)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (2010)
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in Caribbean and Canada (2010)
  • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

Evocative and compelling, rich in imagination and atmosphere, Under This Unbroken Sky is a beautifully wrought debut from a gifted new novelist.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. As he tirelessly clears the untamed land, Teodor begins to heal himself and his children. But the family’s hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived. Anna’s rogue husband, the arrogant and scheming Stefan, unexpectedly returns, stirring up rancor and discord that will end in violence and tragedy.Under This Unbroken Sky is a mesmerizing tale of love and greed, pride and desperation, that will resonate long after the last page is turned. Shandi Mitchell has woven an unbearably suspenseful story, written in a language of luminous beauty and clarity. Rich with fiery conflict and culminating in a gut-wrenching climax, this is an unforgettably powerful novel from a passionate new voice in contemporary literature.