Between Earth and Sky

Between Earth and Sky

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"On a quiet Philadelphia morning in 1906, a newspaper headline catapults Alma Mitchell back to her past. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma's childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Harry--or Asku, as Alma knew him--was the most promising student at the 'savage-taming' boarding school run by her father, where Alma was the only white pupil. Created in the wake of the Indian Wars, the Stover School was intended to assimilate the children of neighboring reservations. Instead, it robbed them of everything they'd known--language, customs, even their names--and left a heartbreaking legacy in its wake ... she barely recognizes the man Asku has become, cold and embittered at being an outcast in the white world and a ghost in his own. Her lawyer husband, Stewart, reluctantly agrees to help defend Asku for Alma's sake. To do so, Alma must revisit the painful secrets she has kept hidden from everyone--especially Stewart"--Amazon.com.
Philadelphia, 1906. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma Mitchell's childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Harry-- then called Asku-- was the most promising student at Stover School in Wisconsin, the 'savage-taming' boarding school run by her father, where Alma was the only white pupil. Intended to assimilate the children of neighboring reservations, the school robbed them of language, customs, even their names. Asku has become cold and embittered at being an outcast in the white world and a ghost in his own. Alma's lawyer husband, Stewart, reluctantly agrees to help defend Asku, forcing Alma to revisit the painful secrets she has kept hidden from everyone-- especially Stewart.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9781496713667
1496713664
Branch Call Number: FIC Skenandore A
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 21 cm

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Carolwagers
Apr 05, 2019

I must say that I was not impressed with this book, and only completed it because it had been selected by one of my book clubs. I found it hard to believe that her prejudiced parents would have allowed her to associate so freely with the Indian children. Also I felt that her husband, a man of his time, 1906, would NEVER have forgiven her for her indiscretions when he finally learned of her Secret. I also was not convinced that this wimpy, whiny woman in 1906 would have had the courage to inform her husband of the legal difficulties of a childhood friend. The whole book just rang untrue to me, simply pedestrian writing.

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NanCcan
Jun 29, 2018

I enjoy reading books that take me along with the main character as they learn and grow. This book illustrates lessons we all need to learn, with strong emotions drawing us into the learning experience. Learning about a period in history is a bonus, and this book is well researched.
My favorite quote from the book illustrates a main point of the story; when asked why there is no word in the Indian language for “goodbye,” the reply is, “You see life as a straight line But for us life is a circle After something or someone enters our circle they travel with us forever influencing us even if they are not physically present To us there is no such thing as goodbye.”
Our lives Intersect with, and influence others, in ways we seldom are aware.

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lola_jane
Jun 15, 2018

A slow-paced but compelling historical fiction with well-rounded characters that bring a dark history to life - a story that continues to be relevant today.

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kayanne
Jun 10, 2018

Story flowed well and was engaging. A straight-forward story from the perspective of a young white American child through young adulthood of her observations of experiences of re-education / cultural destruction of Native Americans who were her school-mates. Many of the situations recall actual historical documented events that highlight the cultural differences that helped make the clashes so incomprehensible to each party. Recommend.

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NanCcan
Jun 29, 2018

You see life as a straight line But for us life is a circle After something or someone enters our circle they travel with us forever influencing us even if they are not physically present To us there is no such thing as goodbye.

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