Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Same SkyThe Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For people who don’t know much about the people who cross the southern border of the U. S., or those who live near it, this could be an eye-opening—and heart-opening, read.
It’s the story of two people, one of them a girl from Honduras and the other a woman who lives in Texas, and the path their lives take to the moment their lives briefly intersect.
The alternating chapters and viewpoints didn’t work for me; I believed each story, but I did not believe the voices—both are written in first person—very hard to pull off.  Interestingly, it’s the girl’s voice that rings truer fictionally.
Some folks are better at suspending disbelief, perhaps. I’ve lived near the border most of my life, so only the Texas part is new to me. But that structure/voice issue is why it only gets a 3 instead of a 4 from this reviewer.
Recommended for book clubs, though—sure to engender discussion!

I received a digital galley for review from the publisher and Netgalley.


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