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The Vanishing Sky

The Vanishing Sky

by L. Annette Binder

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/07/2020

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For readers of Warlight and All the Light We Cannot See, an intimate story about love, loss and sacrifice as seen through the eyes of a German family during the Second World War

A story of the shattering impact of war on one German family, The Vanishing Sky is a deeply moving portrait of why decent, caring people falter when confronted by evil.

They've wrecked the world, these men, and still they're not done. They'd take the sky if they could.

Germany, 1945, and the bombs are falling. In Heidenfeld, Etta and her husband Josef roam an empty nest- their eldest son Max is fighting on the frontlines, while fifteen-year-old Georg has swapped books for guns at a N rnberg school for the Hitler Youth. At home, news of the war provokes daily doses of fear as the planes grow closer, taking one city after the next.

When Max is unexpectedly discharged, Etta is relieved to have her eldest home and safe. But soon after he arrives, it's clear that the boy who left is not the same returned. With Georg a hundred miles away and a husband confronting his own difficult feelings toward patriotic duty, Etta alone must gather the pieces of a splintering family, determined to hold them together in the face of an uncertain future.

ISBN:
9781526616715
9781526616715
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-07-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
248
Dimensions (mm):
233x153x22mm
Weight:
0.38kg
L. Annette Binder

L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and moved to the US as a child. Her short fiction collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and her fiction has also appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among others.

The Vanishing Sky is her first novel and is inspired by her family's experience in Second World War Germany. She lives in New England.

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