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From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and Close Your Eyes comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.
Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach.
Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ballantine Books

The Same Sky

by Amanda Eyre Ward

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Amanda Eyre Ward's latest book, The Same Sky, will challenge views and change perspectives. Inspired by true accounts, Ward's story humanizes the immigration crisis and Honduran exodus to America. While the narrative is eloquent, gut-wrenching and compelling, The Same Sky is driven by two strong female characters. Alice and Carla show remarkable strength despite entirely different circumstances. With determination, faith in God and love of family, the two become connected in a powerful and life-changing way. 


The Same Sky is an incredible journey. Ward's beautiful prose and telling detail make it nearly impossible to put down. The Same Sky is truly an impressive and memorable read. 


Review of Advance Review Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  23 religious exclamations, 17 mild obscenities, 5 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory name, 7 scatological words, 5 anatomical terms, 16 f-word derivatives.


Violence/Gore:  Multiple secondhand reports of violence involving physical violence, gang initiations, and shootings; a few brief violent scenes involving a character pushed off a train, a character pistol whipped, and a child is slapped before being raped. 


Sex/Nudity:  Several accounts of kissing and hand holding; a few non-sexual depictions of nudity, including talk of "a developing chest"; a few sexual references; multiple reported accounts of sexual activity with prostitutes or involving rape; a mention of pornography; a discussion between young adults about waiting until marriage; a brief account of sexual activity without explicit details between adults; a brief scene of rape, involving a minor, with few details.

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Separation, abandonment, death of family members, failed adoption, robbery, gangs and gang violence, poverty and hunger, racial prejudice, underage drinking, underage drug use and addiction, smoking by adults and children, rape of a child, mention of prostitutes and a brothel, cancer. 

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Adult characters frequently drink and sometimes get drunk; underage drinking by teens and children; adult characters smoke; a 6 year-old child sniffs glue and become addicted.

Reviewed By Rachel
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