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Author:  Shandi Mitchell
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Under This Unbroken Sky Mitchell, Shandi 1 of 1

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 067006808X
ISBN-13: 9780670068081
Sku: 211163405
Publish Date: 9/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 1.25T
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In her emotionally potent debut novel, Shandi Mitchell charts the expanding rifts which threaten to tear apart a Ukrainian family as they struggle to nurture sustenance from their farm in 1930's Canada. Maria Mykolayenko somehow kept herself and her five children alive for a year after her husband Theo was imprisoned for "stealing" some of his own grain which he had used to pay a debt. Theo's return marks a new beginning for the family, who are now entrenched on the farm owned by Theo's sister Anna and her absentee husband Stefan. But just when Theo's efforts to combat the harsh elements are beginning to show some sign of reward, Stefan returns from his military duty and enacts more hardship. Soon the family members are drifting towards different sides of a divide, as the action builds towards a tragic climax which demonstrates that a family may be able to overcome endless exterior obstacles, but they will always remain vulnerable to internal strife.


"Mitchell's harrowing story delivers an unforgettable literary tribute to an immigrant people and their struggle. The lyrical style, the riveting historical material, and the treatment of prejudice make the novel a great book-club choice." (starred review) - Jen Baker 07/01/2009
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