Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Book Review: Under This Unbroken Sky

Ufda. Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell might go down as the heaviest book that I have read in 2010. I read quite a few books over the course of a year, so that says a lot! This book is actually Mitchell's first novel - knowing that makes this book even more impressive as it was beautifully written. Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter; I think her history in film definitely shined through in this book, especially in her use of subtleties. There were many times throughout the book where she would show us what happens, or would tell part of the story and let the reader draw their own conclusion.

The book tells the story of a family from Ukraine that has emigrated to Canada. Teodor, the father, had been imprisoned for a year for a petty reason and had recently returned to his wife, children, and sister. His experience in prison nearly broke him but he returns his family and works hard to erase the year of his past and build a future for his family.

Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, his family seems to be destined for tragedy. His sister's husband returns and wreaks havoc on their lives. I can't say much about the turn of events that occur as it would ruin the book, but suffice it to say, the events of the book are very heart breaking, rife with the loss of innocence and the loss of life.

A New York Timers reviewer described Mitchell's life as reminiscent of Willa Cathers - I completely agree; so if you enjoy Cather's book, I recommend you check this book out. It definitely gives you an appreciation for the life of an immigrant.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

9 comments:

Lisa-Marie said...

I actually ordered this because a freind said the writing is similar to Willa Cather's, so you confirming it makes me happy!

Charbelle said...

I'm amazed that you can read as much as you do as busy as you are!!!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I agree with the above commenter! You read A LOT for how busy your life is!

All your book reviews hook me in and make me want to read the book!! Lol

Kyla Roma said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds so heavy! And I'm with Charbelle & Amber, you're a reading machine! :)

Emily Jane said...

That does sound heavy, good for you for getting through it - and I still find it fascinating that you're able to find so much time to read :)

Nora said...

I really enjoy Willa Cather so I may have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing! Every once in awhile I go for something heavy, like this book sounds!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Wow, this book sounds intense! I just may have to pick this up...
I agree with everyone else too, you read a lot! Do you sleep?! ;)
Hope your week is going great so far!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I have actually never read a really heavy fiction book - I have never been interested in them, although this book sounds pretty good.

Heather J. @ TLC Books said...

This sounds like a beautiful yet sad book. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. Thanks for being a part of the tour.