Between Earth and Sky by Amanda SkenandoreOn a quiet Philadelphia morning in 1906, a newspaper headline catapults Alma Mitchell back to her past. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma’s childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Harry—or Asku, as Alma knew him—was the most promising student at the “savage-taming” boarding school run by her father, where Alma was the only white pupil. Created in the wake of the Indian Wars, the Stover School was intended to assimilate the children of neighboring reservations. Instead, it robbed them of everything they’d known—language, customs, even their names—and left a heartbreaking legacy in its wake.
The bright, courageous boy Alma knew could never have murdered anyone. But she barely recognizes the man Asku has become, cold and embittered at being an outcast in the white world and a ghost in his own. Her lawyer husband, Stewart, reluctantly agrees to help defend Asku for Alma’s sake. To do so, Alma must revisit the painful secrets she has kept hidden from everyone—especially Stewart.
Told in compelling narratives that alternate between Alma’s childhood and her present life, Between Earth and Sky is a haunting and complex story of love and loss, as a quest for justice becomes a journey toward understanding and, ultimately, atonement.
Between Earth & Sky "The Wounds Never Have to Win" (Sound & Fury 07.22.2011)
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Post a Comment. Lately, grandkids, vacations, and plain old yard work have edged out reading time and therefore, writing time. I think this is the longest gap between postings since I began, and I had seriously considered stopping. There are some books that I just have to document what they are about. In her first novel, Amanda Skenandore has written a poignant story of two cultures clashing in a way that few of us has ever considered. In an attempt to acculuturize the Native Americans, children of all ages were sent to residential schools away from their parents and the reservations.
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To connect with Amanda online, please visit:. Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. In writing Between Earth and Sky , she has drawn on the experiences of a close relative, a member of the Ojibwe tribe, who survived an Indian boarding school in the s. Time is precious, and I thank you for sharing some of yours with me. Between Earth and Sky is a coming-of-age story set in the late nineteenth century at the tragic intersection of white and Native American cultures. As the novel opens, Alma Mitchell learns an Indian friend and former classmate has been arrested for murder.