Between Earth and Sky is a riveting work of historical fiction. Author Amanda Skenandore writes this thought-provoking story from an oft-forgotten time during American history. The plot is steady in pacing and intriguing in concept, with mystery and heartbreak along the way. Main character Alma is a complex creature, haunted by her past and struggling to find a place to belong. Readers will enjoy learning about the Native American cultures featured in the book. Skendandore should be commended for her extensive research and use of multiple Native American languages. Between Earth and Sky would make an ideal book club read, as there is much to ponder, process, and debate. Discussion questions are even included, so grab a copy (and a friend to share it with) today!
Review of an Advance Reader Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Kensington Publishing
Profanity/Language: 4 religious exclamations; 5 mild obscenities.
Violence/Gore: Several secondhand reports of violence including murder, scars indicating physical beatings, and talk of massacres; several brief incidents of violence including characters slapping other, fistfights, one man throwing another down, a character is tied up and beaten; a character is involved in an accident including blood and gore; a brief scene of intense violence includes a lynching.
Sex/Nudity: Several incidents of kissing; a brief non-sexual depiction of nudity involving bathing; a sexual reference and reported incident of sexual activity; a brief incident of sexual activity without explicit detail between minors.
Mature Subject Matter:
Forced assimilation, drinking, corruption, racism, illegal arms trading, embezzlement, massacre, murder, dysfunctional relationships, hanging, amputation.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
A few characters are referred to as “drunk”; drinking occurs throughout the novel; several characters smoke.