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The Vanishing Sky


L. Annette Binder


'A heartbreaking portrait of an ordinary family shattered by a war they didn't want' The Times

They've wrecked the world, these men, and still they're not done. They'd take the sky if they could.


Germany, 1945, and the bombs are falling. In Heidenfeld, Etta and her husband Josef roam an empty nest: their eldest son Max is fighting on the frontlines, while fifteen-year-old Georg has swapped books for guns at a Nürnberg school for the Hitler Youth. At home, news of the war provokes daily doses of fear as the planes grow closer, taking one city after the next.


When Max is unexpectedly discharged, Etta is relieved to have her eldest home and safe. But soon after he arrives, it's clear that the boy who left is not the same returned. With Georg a hundred miles away and a husband confronting his own difficult feelings toward patriotic duty, Etta alone must gather the pieces of a splintering family, determined to hold them together in the face of an uncertain future.

 

L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and moved to the US as a child. Her short fiction collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and her fiction has also appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among others. The Vanishing Sky is her first novel and is inspired by her family's experience in Second World War Germany. She lives in New England.

Category:  Fiction
ISBN:  9781526616746
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Publishing
On sale:  August 2021
List price:  R230 
Format:  Paperback
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