Between Two Skies
Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut.
Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. She has her best friends, Kendra and Danielle; her wise, beloved Mamere; and back-to-back titles in the under-sixteen fishing rodeo. But, dearest to her heart, she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings. It’s a small life, but it is Evangeline’s. And then the storm comes, and everything changes. Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru — a fellow refugee, a budding bluesman, a balm for Evangeline’s aching heart. Told in a strong, steady voice, with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters, here is a novel that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget. Read more about the story behind Between Two Skies here.
COMING FROM CANDLEWICK PRESS April 25, 2017
Between Two Skies is a novel rich with place and family and the deep roots that grow underneath Louisiana cypress. Evangeline Riley is a character you want to follow even after the hurricane has tossed the tides of your emotions into a million little pieces. I loved this heartfelt story about what it means to be home, even when your home has been washed away and your community broken apart.
Jaye Robin Brown, author of NO PLACE TO FALL and GEORGIA PEACHES & OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT