Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood

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The fact that a whole novel's worth of unresolved questions remain only strengthens the impression that here is a story assured enough and tough enough to be itself, exhilaratingly uninterested in such niceties as neat conclusions.
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Synopsis

True love is never lost—but how much loss can it endure? Iris confronts the complexities of family and prejudice in this exquisite and searing debut novel whose “understated, gently embellished prose cuts to the bone” (Booklist, starred review).

Just two months after her mother abandons her family, leaving her gruff, introverted father to raise two children alone, Iris watches a family of gypsies set up an illegal camp in the paddock by her house. The gypsy boy, Trick, is restless and warm and full of life—he’ll settle when he’s in his grave, he tells Iris—and she feels as though she understands him completely.

Yet even as Iris’s secret friendship with Trick blooms into something more, tensions run high between their families. Iris’s father is bent on evicting the travelers, and her beloved brother Sam is impulsive, lost, and headed for trouble. But Trick might not be everything he seems, and as Iris struggles to find where her loyalties lie, all of the prejudice, vulnerability, and anger that surrounds her collides in an unspeakable tragedy.

Like love, and like sorrow, the blue summer sky is infinite in this coming-of-age story that is both breathtaking and heartbreaking.
 

About C. J. Flood

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C.J. Flood, also known as Chelsey Flood, graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2010 with an MA in creative writing. She has won several prizes and awards for her writing, including the Curtis Brown Award, and also received funding from the Arts Council to complete Infinite Sky. She blogs as a member of the Lucky 13s and at CJFlood.blogspot.co.uk, and tweets as @cjflood_author. Infinite Sky is her debut novel and she is currently working on her next book in Bristol.
 
Published May 20, 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 289 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 12 2014

Tragedy emerges from the commonplace miseries of everyday life...Readers who don’t need endings tied up with tight little bows will find much to think about here.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Simon Mason on Feb 22 2013

Infinite Sky is Flood's debut novel, and it's tempting to ask what marks her out. I think it's her lack of fear. It's noticeable in the details, which are so true to themselves without being showy, but more striking still, I think, in her storytelling.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Simon Mason on Feb 22 2013

The fact that a whole novel's worth of unresolved questions remain only strengthens the impression that here is a story assured enough and tough enough to be itself, exhilaratingly uninterested in such niceties as neat conclusions.

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