The Opening Sky
Winner of the 2015 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.
The breakout novel from award-winning author Joan Thomas, it perfectly balances the dark underside of modern life, love, and family with wit and sharp observation: for fans of Good to A Fault, the works of Carol Shields, of Meg Wolitzer, and Jonathan Franzen.
A stunning character-driven novel about the human desire to do the right thing, and the even stronger desire to love and to be seen for who we truly are. Deeply felt, sharply observed, and utterly contemporary.
Liz, Aiden, and Sylvie are an urban, urbane, progressive family: Aiden's a therapist who refuses to own a car; Liz is an ambitious professional, a savvy traveler with a flair for decorating; Sylvie is a smart and political 19 year-old, fiercely independent, sensitive to hypocrisy, and crazy in love with her childhood playmate, Noah, a bright young scientist. Things seem to be going according to plan.
Then the present and the past collide in a crisis that shatters the complacency of all three. Liz and Sylvie are forced to confront a tragedy from years before, when four children went missing at an artists' retreat. In the long shadow of that event, the family is drawn to a dangerous precipice.
About this Author
JOAN THOMAS's debut novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award, and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. Her second, Curiosity, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and was a Quill & Quire Book of the Year. Before writing fiction, Joan was a contributing reviewer for the Globe and Mail. Joan lives in Winnipeg. Visit her at www.joanthomas.ca.
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