Above Us Only Sky is the epic tale of the Vilkas women, separated by oceans, generations and war, but connected by something much greater—the gift of wings.
In 1973, Prudence Eleanor is born with wings in Nashville, Tennessee. Considered a birth defect, her wings are excised shortly after her birth, leaving the ghost of them behind.
Living on the eastern coast of the Atlantic, she grapples with the wings that only one other person can see, but Prudence can feel. At age sixteen, she comes face to face with another winged girl, an apparition beneath Atlantic waters. Who is she?
This same year, Prudence meets her Lithuanian grandfather, a WWII survivor whose family was murdered under Soviet orders. Through her grandfather, Prudence discovers a miraculous lineage beating and pulsing with past Lithuanian birds: storytellers with wings dragging the dirt, survivors perched on radio towers, lovers lit up like fireworks and heroes disguised as everyday men and women. In a small oceanfront town, the unexpected and unimaginable have bubbled up from the depths to confront and enlighten Prudence, and this is only the beginning. She is set forth on a quest to discover her lineage, to find out who the other winged girl is, and ultimately to find out where she belongs.
Above Us Only Sky is a story of mutual understanding between the old and young; it is a love story; a story of survival, and most importantly a story about going home. Again.
"Above Us Only Sky is a raw, beautiful, unforgettable book that folds unfathomable horrors and unfathomable love into a story of incredible power. Young-Stone is a master writer, and her deft control of this novel's many moving pieces puts her in the highest echelon of our craft. Yet at the center, literal and figurative, of this novel is a story so brilliantly simple and deeply moving, you'll forget you are reading a book. This story shook me to my core, and I can't wait for the rest of the world to experience it." -Lydia Netzer.
Author of Shine Shine Shine. The Wall Street Journal calls Shine Shine Shine "decidedly weird and entirely winning". People Magazine says, Shine Shine Shine is a "A delightfully unique love story and a resounding paean to individuality."
VERDICT Young-Stone has written a novel that's both fanciful and brutally realistic, soaring as it does between angelic beings and heartless dictators. From America to Lithuania, from past to present, this is a heart-wrenching tale for literary fiction fans and particularly for readers interested in World War II.—Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA
Bank Square Books: “Simply beautiful and exquisitely crafted. Combining history, love and loss with the story of a young woman born with wings and growing up in low income Florida is not an easy feat to pull off but Michele Young-Stone has done so without a flaw. I loved this novel, fell in love with Prudence and her wings and so will you. And I feel like I know much more of Lithuania than I ever thought I would!”—Annie Philbrick
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