The Opening Sky

The Opening Sky

Book - 2014
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The breakout novel from award-winning author Joan Thomas, it perfectly balances the dark underside of modern life, love, and family with wit and sharp observation: for fans of Good to A Fault , the works of Carol Shields, of Meg Wolitzer, and Jonathan Franzen.
     A stunning character-driven novel about the human desire to do the right thing, and the even stronger desire to love and to be seen for who we truly are. Deeply felt, sharply observed, and utterly contemporary.
     Liz, Aiden, and Sylvie are an urban, urbane, progressive family: Aiden's a therapist who refuses to own a car; Liz is an ambitious professional, a savvy traveler with a flair for decorating; Sylvie is a smart and political 19 year-old, fiercely independent, sensitive to hypocrisy, and crazy in love with her childhood playmate, Noah, a bright young scientist. Things seem to be going according to plan.
     Then the present and the past collide in a crisis that shatters the complacency of all three. Liz and Sylvie are forced to confront a tragedy from years before, when four children went missing at an artists' retreat. In the long shadow of that event, the family is drawn to a dangerous precipice.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, McClelland & Stewart,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780771083921
Branch Call Number: F THO
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 04, 2016

This was a phenomenal book and Joan Thomas, who i had never heard of before, is now going to hit my top 10 list of authors to read. If you have been a parent or spouse you will appreciate the amazing way in which she captures the emotions and difficulties that arise when a parent and child struggle with their relationship.

Jan 14, 2015

After Thomas' other books, I was disappointed by this very ordinary story of a middle class family in Winnipeg. The book is too long, with too much crammed into the last chapters.

Oct 11, 2014

I finished this book the day before Joan Thomas was named as a candidate for the Gov. Gen. Awards. Couldn't think of a more deserving nominee. Whatever the outcome,this is one fine piece of writing, A wonderful exploration of how a modern family works..and doesn't .This one will be on my shelf a long time.

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