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The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder

The Vanishing Sky

L. Annette Binder

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2 reviews

Imprint: Bloomsbury Circus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 11 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781526616722

A story of the shattering impact of war on one German family, The Vanishing Sky is a deeply moving portrait of why decent, caring people falter when confronted by evil.

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
12 Jul 2020

"a moving tale of a family destroyed by war"

In a small German town in 1945 Etta celebrates the return of her eldest son, Max, from the front line, but it soon becomes clear that all is not well with him. “All my strings are cut,” he confesses. Meanwhile her younger son, Georg, flees a Hitler Youth camp, attempting to come home. Inspired by her family’s history, Binder unfolds a harrowing tale in limpid, expressive prose.

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4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
18 Jun 2020

"a heartbreaking portrait of an ordinary family shattered by a war they didn’t want"

The Vanishing Sky is set in Germany in 1945. Etta and Josef live small lives in a country teetering on defeat. All Etta wants is both her boys home. Max is on the eastern front, while Georg is with the Hitler Youth, training to be a soldier for a war that everybody knows is lost.... The Vanishing Sky is a heartbreaking portrait of an ordinary family shattered by a war they didn’t want.