Review by KT Sullivan
Alice and Jake Conroe own a barbeque restaurant in Austin, Texas. They have been trying to adopt a baby and have been refused again. They were given a baby boy for a few hours, but the mother changed her mind and took him back. Alice wants to matter and make a difference. The principal at the local high school asks Alice to be a Big Sister to a disadvantaged girl named Evian. Her life story is very sad. Alice helps, but it put a strain on her marriage. Jake is trying to run his restaurant in competition with other family members. His idea helps his town and the high school.
Carla’s challenges are never ending. Left in Honduras with her younger brother, Junior, and her ailing grandmother, Carla, age eleven, begs her mother in Texas to help. She sends money to the family, but it’s never enough. The grandmother dies and Carla decides to take the trip to Texas. Ernesto helps them and they are faced with hunger, thirst, and thieves. Tragedy and heartbreak travel with her. Carla’s final triumph is well deserved.
The story alternates between Alice and Carla. Both are on journeys to the unknown. Because of her age and circumstances, Carla’s is more dangerous and compelling. She is faced with decisions adults would be hard pressed to solve. She draws her strength from within and I found myself rooting for her. The author notes that many of the incidents in Carla’s life are based on true stories.
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Amanda Eyre Ward is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including the bestseller How to Be Lost. She has spent the last year visiting shelters in Texas and California, meeting immigrant children and hearing their stories. This novel is inspired by them.
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The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward