Under This Unbroken Sky: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Sep 8, 2009 - Fiction - 346 pages
28 Reviews

Evocative and compelling, rich in imagination and atmosphere, Under This Unbroken Sky is a beautifully wrought debut from a gifted new novelist.

Spring 1938. After nearly two years in prison for the crime of stealing his own grain, Ukrainian immigrant Teodor Mykolayenko is a free man. While he was gone, his wife, Maria; their five children; and his sister, Anna, struggled to survive on the harsh northern Canadian prairie, but now Teodor—a man who has overcome drought, starvation, and Stalin's purges—is determined to make a better life for them. As he tirelessly clears the untamed land, Teodor begins to heal himself and his children. But the family's hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived. Anna's rogue husband, the arrogant and scheming Stefan, unexpectedly returns, stirring up rancor and discord that will end in violence and tragedy.

Under This Unbroken Sky is a mesmerizing tale of love and greed, pride and desperation, that will resonate long after the last page is turned. Shandi Mitchell has woven an unbearably suspenseful story, written in a language of luminous beauty and clarity. Rich with fiery conflict and culminating in a gut-wrenching climax, this is an unforgettably powerful novel from a passionate new voice in contemporary literature.

 

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A family of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada face obstacles on their homestead in Alberta. Hard work and family love pay off as they see their crops in, and a home built, every bit by the sweat of their ... Read full review

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Historical novel set in Canada's northern prairies in the late 1930s. Ukrainian immigrants Teodor Mykolayenko, his wife Maria and their five children have escaped the oppression of Stalin's Soviet ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
17
Section 3
23
Section 4
31
Section 5
53
Section 6
63
Section 7
69
Section 8
83
Section 12
189
Section 13
235
Section 14
261
Section 15
281
Section 16
299
Section 17
311
Section 18
321
Section 19
331

Section 9
87
Section 10
109
Section 11
143
Section 20
337
Section 21
348
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About the author (2009)

Shandi Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter. She spent her childhood on a military base on the prairies and now makes her home in Nova Scotia with her husband, Alan, and their dog, Annie. Under This Unbroken Sky is her first novel.

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