An extraordinary family and an unrelenting landscape combine to create an epic story of survival and redemption.
Spring, 1938. Teodor returns home after nearly two years spent in prison for the crime of trying to feed his children.
Now, he and his family are determined not only to survive, but to build a better life for themselves.
But it is not just the unrelenting landscape that Teodor must fight against.
His sister's husband has an unforgivable plan that threatens to take everything away from them.
Nearly all is lost when a brother is pitted against a sister, and a mother against her child, with dramatic and heartbreaking consequences.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 18/02/2010
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780753826621
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Review by Tmtrvlr
Under This Unbroken Sky is the story of the families of Teodor, and his sister Anna, Ukrainian immigrants to the northern Canadian prairie. Set in 1938, farming life on the cold prairie was harsh and their very existence was a struggle to survive. Drought, greed, starvation, child abuse, murder, rape, - Incredibly dark and depressing you struggle through their daily hardships with tragedy after tragedy. The descriptions in the book are well done, but I did not care for the mostly present tense writing and thought it made the flow choppy. I also thought that much of the violence in the book was there for the shock value of violence. The story line seemed foggy to me, as if there was some other story that was going to come about, but didn't.