The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Same Sky

In this heartrending and poignant novel, award-winning author Amanda Eyre Ward tells the story of Alice Conroe, a forty year old Texas barbecue owner who has the perfect life, except she and her husband long for a child. Unable to conceive, she’s trying desperately to adopt but her destiny is quickly altered by a young woman she’s never met.Fearless thirteen-year-old Carla Trujilio is being raised by her grandmother in Honduras along with her...

Details The Same Sky

TitleThe Same Sky
Release DateJan 20th, 2015
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Same Sky

  • Debbie
    I wish authors wouldn’t try to have two stories going at once—one chapter for each character, back and forth, as if it’s fair. It’s never fair, and it never fails: you always like one better than the other. There’s the Good Story and then there’s The Other One. I just wanted The Other One to stop interrupting, to stop sticking its nose in my face when I’m trying to find out what happens in the Good Story. Here, the Good Story is ter...
  • Diane S ☔
    A timely read and one that leaves the reader much to ponder. My views on illegal immigration will not be stated here but like many other readers of this book I do have a better understanding of why they try to get to America but more importantly, what they go through to get here.Carla is a young girl of ten, living in Honduras, when her grandmother dies. Left solely in charge of her younger brother, no food except that found in the local dump, no...
  • Angela M
    I finished this book last night and I woke up this morning with a different perspective on illegal immigrants and why some of them would risk their lives to escape to a place that they thought would give them a better life. Yes, I have read a lot in the news especially of late about families being separated, parents trying to provide for their children by escaping to the U.S., but I don't know what it feels like to not have food or a comfortable,...
  • Dee Montoya
    ***** 5 Powerful Stars*****(Arc Kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley) I wanted to read this book because being an immigrant who moved to the US at a young age I always feel compelled to delve into stories that talk about the struggles and triumphs of those like me who leave everything behind and move here in search of the American dream...Alice Conroe owns a famous BBQ restaurant with her husband in Texas. Married for more than decade, this...
  • Elyse Walters
    Powerful!Characters feel Real! A Significant Achievement! Vibrantly imagined! Although this novel is a page turning 'story' --the heart of the matter deals with a very serious subject: Immigrant children! Small children enter our country hungry, frighten, illegally. ....The simple writing style allow the importance of the story be what is most important! I could NOT STOP READING.....I could write pages of details about this story --but why??? JUS...
  • Myrna
    BrilliantThe Same Sky is a great read, well researched, thought provoking, and utterly believable. If you have seen the TV show “Border Wars” or the documentary “Which Way Home” this book might not be anything new to you. It alternates back and forth between a young Honduran girl trying to make it to Texas illegally and an Austenite wanting a child more than anything else. There is a connection between the two and the surprise ending caug...
  • Lori
    This was a quick read yet it was still very powerfully written. I think that given all of the current legislation being debated over illegal immigration this novel helps to put human faces on this issue. I loved Carla and truly empathized with her plight... I had a harder time with Alice. Something about her relationship with her husband just didn't work for me. I would encourage everyone to read this in the hopes that with knowledge comes more u...
  • Obsessive Book Nerd Lauren
    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To read more reviews like this one, check out Obsessive Book Nerd!The Same Sky was a pretty quick read for me, but unfortunately I just couldn’t give it a stellar review. I’m actually pretty torn about what to say. The story follows two characters, Clara on her journey from Honduras to Texas and Alice dealing with the disappointment and numerous failed attempts of becoming a mo...
  • Linda
    I wanted to enjoy this story. Really.It takes a skilled person to write a narrative using the first person tense. It takes an awesome writer to do this and use two POVs alternating from one to the other. Three chapters in, and I should have marked it as 'not finished'. But it was my first buddy-read and I wanted needed to complete the book.When I began reading the same sky, Carla leapt off the pages as utterly human. She was a very young child an...
  • Regina
    Two alternating story lines, one is Carla a young girl living in poverty in Honduras, the other is Alice, married to Jake in Texas and desperately wanting a child.Big impact themes are present in the Same Sky- poverty- rape- infertility- immigration- drugs- gangs- cancerHowever the way this novel was written meant the above themes didn't have the big impact they could. The whole novel seems to be in continuous shutter speed - click, click, click,...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. My Review: This was one of those books that surprised me. It has some rather heavy subjects that it addresses but also has a rather quiet feel to it as the reader gets an intimate look at both Carla and Alice's lives as they tell their stories in alternating chapters. Both Carla and Alice...
  • Dale Harcombe
    Three and a half starsFor someone who has never known what it is to not have enough food to eat, or sleep in a comfortable bed, or know the love of caring parents who were there throughout my childhood, this book is a real culture shock. It tells the story of Carla, who lives in poverty in Honduras with her grandmother and younger brothers. Her mother is in the U.S and sends what she accent to try and help support her family, but still 11 year ol...
  • Michelle
    Whenever I visit book clubs people ask about my favorite writers and Amanda Eyre Ward always tops the list. I've loved every book she's ever written but this is my favorite. It is gorgeous and heartbreaking. At one point I almost couldn't read was too crushing. And this was before the *really* bad stuff. Overall a very haunting and emotional read, made even more so when you learn so much of this is based on stories she heard at immig...
  • Judy Collins
    A special thank you to Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. THE SAME SKY, by Amanda Eyre Ward is a riveting novel of a woman and a teen, a powerful journey of two souls which connect for a heartfelt novel of loss, faith, hope, and love. A story which will grab you and will linger long after the book ends.Jake and Alice, live in Austin, Texas—a couple having given up on conce...
  • Anna
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. Alice and Carla are each searching for the American dream, and a family that is complete. Alice and her husband Jake long for a baby. They own a successful BBQ restaurant in Austin, Texas, and are involved in their community. But the void of being childless has left Alice feeling untethered and empty. Carla is an eleven year old girl, left by her mother in the care of her grandmother in Honduras. Her ...
  • Bookworm
    Not really sure why the author chose to have two stories. Alice is a 40ish woman in Austin, Texas, who has been unable to have children. An adoption has just fallen through. So she and her husband are stuck, out of money, and with a hole their potential child leaves behind. As Alice grieves for this loss, she and her husband drift apart. She ends up mentoring a troubled teenage girl who has little to no parental supervision and is likely to face ...
  • Kristy
    Amanda Eyre Ward's latest novel is just a beautiful book. Ward's writing is simply lovely and magical. When I finished the book, I was left feeling a bit disappointed - not by the plot or the writing, but that it was over. It's one of those novels that I'll be recommending to everyone.The Same Sky tells the story of two unique individuals. The first is Alice, a forty-year-old living in Texas, with her husband. Together, they run a successful BBQ ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Carla is twelve years old and lives in a hut with her grandmother and twin brothers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Her mom lives in Austin, Texas having gotten there via a coyote. She sends money as often as possible and at one point is able to bring one of the twins to her. When the grandmother passes away, Carla makes the choice for her and her remaining brother to join their family in Austin. Alice is happily married and part-owner of a successful ...
  • Lyuda
    I have to say that if it wasn't a book club and buddy-read, I would probably dnf this book or never read it at all. I'm still trying to figure out why it had gotten such great reviews.It's a story with alternating narrative told from POV of two very different characters. Carla, 11-year-old girl from Honduras is trying to make the journey across the border to get to her mother in Texas. Alice, 40-year-old cancer survivor in Austin, is trying to pu...
  • Linda
    I wasn't quite sure what to expect of The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward. I do live in Texas and was looking for a solid perspective on the Austin scene and the influx of immigrants from Mexico and Central America.I also had the opportunity to hear the author, Ms. Ward, speak at a Texas Writing Institute meeting. Ms. Ward did her homework, people. She's traveled as far south as Brownsville (I lived there for many years.) and interviewed many, many ...
  • Larry Olson
    I love Austin, Texas. I love eating tacos for breakfast. Partying on 6th Street after running their marathon. I love Book People. I love Queso with the Daniels clan. Come on, BBQ at Salt Lick and brisket at Franklin? Rainey Street and drinks on the front porch of the Cedar Door. And reading Amanda Eyre Ward’s wonderful The Same Sky reminded me how much I love that city. You’ll devour this book as fast as you take in every single store, eatery...
  • Shaily
    After finishing The Same Sky, I'm a little confused about how it has so many 4 and 5 star ratings. For me, it was ok at best and I'm not even sure if it's worthy of the 2 star rating I've given it. Alice and the characters in her section were inconsistent - their actions are dictated by the emotion the author needed them to convey in that scene. The book's description mentions Alice's "perfect life".. huh? What perfect life? She is unhappy with m...
  • Jeanette
    It was for me a 2.5 star. Because there were some points in both stories that I felt close to conveying real emotions I rounded it up to a three. A short possible spoiler here but I can't seem to review this one or even give a reaction without noting why it became disappointing and that is because: Spoiler follows- outside of their one core desire (leaving Honduras or being a Mother)-I thought both main characters rather stereotypes, certainly no...
  • Lisa
    This book was really a page turner. By juxtaposing the stories of Carla, an impoverished girl in Honduras, and Alice, a cancer survivor and childless woman yearning to be a mother, we get a stark picture of the differences between the third and first worlds. The story is very timely as Amanda Ward shows one family's descent and the need it created for them to try to sneak into the United States. If this book doesn't convince you that our immigrat...
  • Andrea
    “ As I’ve said, I believe in God. I could worry about what I could worry about, and I had to trust God to take care of the rest. As my story continues, please remember this. Some of the things that happened to me would ruin a person who did not have faith.”Um, Wow. This was spectacular. So flippin close to a 5 star read, but I unabashedly like my endings wrapped up in a shiny red bow. I needed much more!!But still, Wow.
  • Corinne Edwards
    The Same Sky is told in alternating viewpoints: Alice, a Texas bbq restaurant owner and Carla, a twelve year old living in Honduras with her grandmother and twin little brothers. Worlds apart, in so many ways, but they both long for what they can't have. For Carla, she wants her mother, she wants enough food to eat and to feel safe in her home. For Alice, she wants a child, with a longing so fierce it might break her.How can we move forward when ...
  • Maureen
    I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from Random House Publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.To start, I have to say...if you've never read anything by Amanda Eyre Ward, do yourself a favor and rush to your local bookseller/Amazon/Audible and pick one, any one of her books right now. I fell in love with her writing through her first book, "Sleep Toward Heaven," and to this day, that remains my favorite of her bo...
  • Patty
    The Same SkyByAmanda Eyre WardThe main and most important characters in this book...Jake and Alice and Carla are the key characters in this book. Alice and Jake are an infertile couple who want children but time after time their adoptions fail. Carla is a little girl on her own...her life has been filled with pain and sorrow. Her mother is in America...her grandmother is ill...her twin brothers are hers to care for...for a while...My very brief s...
  • RoseMary Achey
    > There has been much in the news lately concerning unaccompanied minor children attempting to enter the United States illegally. Similar to the nonfiction book Enrique's Journey written by Sonia Nazario, The Same Sky tells the story of a child riding the train called "The Beast" through Mexico to illegally enter the United States. As in Nazario's work, the child's mother has left her native country for work and to provide a better life for he...
  • Carmen Blankenship
    I am in awe. I am exhausted. The emotions Amanda Eyre Ward was able to bring to the surface with her fluid and languid prose leaves me feeling that I have lived someone else life. If only for a few days. The story changes narrative each chapter. First there is Carla, a young girl ( 10-12) trying to make the journey across the border to get to her mother in Texas. Then there is Alice, who with her adorable and sweet husband are trying to put their...