“It’s a timely, moving story that gets in your head and demands your attention once you’re done reading,” said Friends vice president of Mansfield Reads! Jenny Elliott. “The book is unlike anything we’ve chosen for Reads! in the past.”
The Same Sky is a beautiful and heart-wrenching novel about motherhood, resilience and faith—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border. The book alternates between stories of Carla, an eleven-year-old girl from Honduras who decides to make the dangerous trip north to find her mother in Texas, and Alice, a wife in Austin with a thriving business and loving marriage who feels something is missing, lying just beyond reach.
Ward, a former librarian and current Austin resident, is a critically acclaimed author of five novels, including the bestseller How to Be Lost. She spent 2014 visiting shelters in Texas and California, meeting immigrant children and hearing their stories, which inspired The Same Sky.
Mansfield Reads! is an annual program hosted each April by The Friends to raise awareness about the library and bring the community together through public discussions and activities about a single selected book. Everyone in the community is encouraged to read The Same Sky before or during April to participate in the dialogue.
The culmination of Mansfield Reads! is An Evening With The Author, scheduled for April 29, 2016, when Ward will address the Mansfield community and answer audience questions. More information about this Reads! event and others will be announced later.
Paperback and hardback copies of The Same Sky are available for purchase now at the Mansfield Public Library’s front desk for $13 and $20, respectively. A small portion of the book sales goes to The Friends. Accepted forms of payment include cash or checks made out to Friends of the Mansfield Library.
Mansfield Reads! sponsorship opportunities, starting at $100, are still available. Contact Angela Hornburg for more information at 817-771-0998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.