Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
A Novel

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The story of an immigrant family trying to build a life in an unforgiving new world, Under This Unbroken Sky is a mesmerizing and absorbing first novel of love and greed, pride and desperation. Award-winning writer Shandi Mitchell based this evocative and compelling narrative of struggle and survival on the Canadian prairie on her own family history.

 

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Shandi Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter. She spent her childhood on a military base on the prairies and now makes her home in Nova Scotia with her husband, Alan, and their dog, Annie. Under This Unbroken Sky is her first novel.
 
Published August 19, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Canadian screenwriter Mitchell's fiction debut tells the grimly tragic story of Ukrainian immigrants who have left the steppes for the vast, unforgiving Canadian prairie.

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An immigrant Ukrainian family suffers unrelenting hardship on the tundra of late 1930s western Canada in this grim frontier tale. Thrown in prison for two years for helping himself to some of his o

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Mitchell’s writing is edgy and disturbing as two families head toward a collision.

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The Bookbag

For Teodor and his family a little house is the height of their ambition, for Anna a prairie house will always be just a different kind of prison.

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Shandi continues that the book is a reflection of family stories, memories and research about her grandfather,”a man who had survived a World War POW camp, Lenin, and a transatlantic crossing in steerage,” to come to Canada–”the land of dreams.” The family history settled on her and she â...

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APOOO Bookclub

In Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell, the reader is treated to a beautifully written debut novel which describes a slice of life of the Ukrainian immigrants in the northern plains of Canada.

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