Monday, 10 July 2017
Between Two Skies
Between Two Skies is by debut author Joanne O'Sullivan.
Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut.
Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. She has her best friends, Kendra and Danielle; her wise, beloved Mamere; and back-to-back titles in the under-sixteen fishing rodeo. But, dearest to her heart, she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings. It’s a small life, but it is Evangeline’s. And then the storm comes, and everything changes. Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru — a fellow refugee, a budding bluesman, a balm for Evangeline’s aching heart. Told in a strong, steady voice, with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters, here is a novel that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget.
1. I am just going to say it, I loved this book. It felt real, and dealt with real issue that people go through in times of tragedy. It easily displayed all the emotions one goes through when their life changes forever. I also loved that it showed how different people deal with things like this differently.
2. I liked getting to know Evangeline. Seeing the girl that was before Katrina and then watching her change and grow after Katrina. She is strong and smart, and learning to deal with the changes in her friendship with her best friend Danielle. I like that this character shows that is is okay to be depressed and learns ways to help herself, and I like that she is one that loves her small town and wants nothing more than return to it.
3. I like that this book follows from the days leading up to Katrina, through the evacuation and dealing with being a refugee. I felt that Evangeline's desperation to find out what happened to Danielle was something that many dealt with during this time. I also loved seeing how Eveangeline and Tru find a peace with each other.
4. One of the best things about this book was the ending. Without spoiling to much, it showed how resilient the human spirit is, and still how much time and work it takes to rebuild after an event like Katrina.
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