The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas (186)

This story is a wonderful compilation of master story telling with vivid paradoxes which lie at the heart of a family. It is a story that all of us will be to relate to in some way.

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 traveller with an incredible flare for decorating. Sylvie is a smart and political 19-year-old who is 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 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 when missing at an artists’ retreat. In the long shadow of that event, the family is carried to a dangerous precipice.

This story is deeply felt, drawn with wit and precision, and utterly contemporary. It is a story that will be read and re-read by everyone who reads the story.

Rating: 5 stars

Irene S. Roth

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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