Monday, March 7, 2016
The Same Sky/Amanda Eyre Ward/274 pgs.
This is a story of two very different lives that ultimately converge. Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Life is good except for a void in their life--they both want a child. Alice is infertile, and she and Jake have been unsuccessful in their efforts to adopt, which is putting a strain on their marriage. In the Honduras, young Carla is growing up fast. Her mother left years ago to make a better life for herself and her family in Austin, Texas. She sends money to Carla, her grandmother, and Carla's young brother, Junior. When Carla's grandmother dies, Carla sees the only way out is to make her way to her mother in Austin, Texas. She tells of her and Junior's journey as illegal immigrants trying to make it back to her mother. This novel is told in alternating chapters in Carla and Alice's voices. It's a timely piece of fiction during this election year. Recommended.