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Under This Unbroken Sky

by Shandi Mitchell

Penguin Group Canada | September 1, 2009 | Hardcover

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In the spring of 1938, Teodor Mykolayenko returns to his family after a year spent in prison for the crime of trying to feed them. His wife and children have been living under the care of his sister Anna on the harsh and unforgiving prairie landscape. Channelling the great inner power that enabled him to survive drought, starvation, warfare, and Stalin's crimes in Ukraine, he takes to the land with unbending resolve, and as the crops grow, his family heals and strengthens.  But the family's hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived when Anna's rogue husband returns with an unforgiveable plan that threatens to take away everything they have built.  A novel about family, pride, the resiliency and fragility of the human spirit and the fine line between those who break and those who don't, Under This Unbroken Sky is a magnificent piece of storytelling from a remarkable new voice in contemporary literature. 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.64 × 2.56 × 0.46 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006808X

ISBN - 13: 9780670068081

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Under This Unbroken Sky

by Shandi Mitchell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 3.64 × 2.56 × 0.46 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006808X

ISBN - 13: 9780670068081

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In the spring of 1938, Teodor Mykolayenko returns to his family after a year spent in prison for the crime of trying to feed them. His wife and children have been living under the care of his sister Anna on the harsh and unforgiving prairie landscape. Channelling the great inner power that enabled him to survive drought, starvation, warfare, and Stalin's crimes in Ukraine, he takes to the land with unbending resolve, and as the crops grow, his family heals and strengthens.  But the family's hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived when Anna's rogue husband returns with an unforgiveable plan that threatens to take away everything they have built.  A novel about family, pride, the resiliency and fragility of the human spirit and the fine line between those who break and those who don't, Under This Unbroken Sky is a magnificent piece of storytelling from a remarkable new voice in contemporary literature. 

About the Author

Shandi Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian director and screenwriter. Her first short film, Gasoline Puddles, received the Drama Prize from Canada 's National Screen Institute. She has been a creative and producing partner in Emotion Pictures, where she collaborated on the critically acclaimed feature films The Hanging Garden and Beefcake. She recently won a Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts for her upcoming feature film, The Disappeared. Mitchell spent her childhood on a military base in the prairies and now makes her home in Nova Scotia.

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"Under This Unbroken Sky is a dazzling novel. Shandi Mitchell''s depiction of Depression-era prairie life has a vividness and veracity that brings to mind Willa Cather''s fiction, but Mitchell''s voice and her rendering of the human heart''s complexities are completely her own. She is a writer of immense talent. - Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena
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