The Vanishing Sky

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There are some times and places which are difficult to write about with any sort of happiness. Germany in 1945 is one of those. Even for ordinary civilians, life grew hellish at the end of the second world war. The Vanishing Sky follows a family of four as they struggle to survive without falling apart.

The book alternates between following Etta Huber, the mother of the family, and her younger son Georg, who grows disillusioned enough with the Hitler Youth to flee his group and try to run back home. As he makes his way across Germany, Etta has her own struggle to face. Her older son, Max, has come home from the front changed. At first, he seems merely shaken by the war, but as the days go on, it becomes clearer that something is very wrong with his mind. She vows to hold onto him as best she could, though she knows it won’t be easy. Nothing is these days.

The Vanishing Sky reminded me a great deal of All Quiet on the Western Front. It isn’t an easy book to read, but it’s magnificent all the same. The tone of the narration may seem distant at first, but by the end, I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

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Author L. Annette Binder
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Publish Date 2020-06-09
ISBN 9781635574678 Buy this Book
Issue July 2020
Category Historical Fiction


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