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The Desert Sky Before Us [PDF / EPUB] The Desert Sky Before Us From award winning author Anne Valente comes this poignant and unforgettable literary novel of two estranged sisters one a former race car driver and the other a recently released prisoner who embark From award winning Sky Before PDF/EPUB ✓ author Anne Valente comes this poignant and unforgettable literary novel of two estranged sisters one a former race car driver and the other a recently released prisoner who embark on a road trip together to complete the scavenger hunt their mother designed for them before her deathWhen Billie is released The Desert PDF or from a correctional facility in Decatur her sister Rhiannon is there to meet her even though the two haven't seen each other in months Painful secrets and numerous unspoken betrayals linger between them but most agonizing is the sudden passing of their mother a renowned paleontologist Rhiannon and Billie must overcome their differences as Desert Sky Before PDF/EPUB ê they set off on a road trip west following the breadcrumb trail of their late mother's scavenger hunt a sort of second funeral she planned in her final days The sisters know the trail will end in Utah at the famous Cleveland Lloyd uarry where their mother spent her career researching dinosaur fossils But the seemingly endless days on the road soon take their toll forcing Rhiannon and Billie to confront their hostilities and revisit old memories both good and bad As they travel across the heart of America and as a series of plane crashes in the news make their journey all the urgent the two sisters begin to rediscover each other and to uncover their late mother's veiled second life taking them on an unexpected emotional journey inward and forcing them to come to terms with their own choices in life.

  • Audiobook
  • The Desert Sky Before Us
  • Anne Valente
  • 18 November 2016
  • 9780062934277

About the Author: Anne Valente

Anne Valente is Sky Before PDF/EPUB ✓ the author of two novels The Desert Sky Before Us William MorrowHarperCollins and Our Hearts Will Burn US Down William MorrowHarperCollins as well as the short story collection By Light We Knew Our Names Dzanc Books She is also the author of the fiction chapbook An Elegy The Desert PDF or for Mathematics Bull City Press Her fiction appears in One Story Americ.



10 thoughts on “The Desert Sky Before Us

  1. says:

    Anne Valente Took me along on this road trip of discovery with her descriptive writing Sisters Billie and Rhiannon set out on a road trip mapped buy their mother who insists they take the trip after her death Billie has just been released after being incarcerated for the past six years and Rhiannon is still coming to terms with no longer being a racecar driver Their mother has given them a journal with map coordinates and crude drawings that will lead them on a treasure hunt of sorts Along the way not only will they find the treasures left behind by their mother but they will also reveal secrets and become reacuainted with one another The writing in this book was so descriptive I felt as though I was right along with the sisters on this road trip through the south west I have driven on a lot of the same roads that these sisters took and I thought the author did a really good job with bringing this area of the US to the pages Now I didn’t necessarily know all the dinosaur stuff going on and I found that very interesting The beginning of the book was really compelling I was really intrigued by the sisters and their back stories I wanted to know why Billie was incarcerated and why Rhiannon no longer drove race cars As the book progressed I began to care less I really had a hard time relating to both of these girls I could not understand their motivations and if I’m being honest they both seemed a bit self serving This is what makes this hard for me to review On one hand I really liked the concept of the book and the descriptive writing On the other hand I just found these characters a bit hard to like Generally I can like or even love a book with characters I don’t like But in this type of book I think I really needed to feel of a connection to the characters in order to truly love the book The sisters did get to know each other better throughout the story and I think they really began to repair their relationship however I didn’t see much in the way of personal growth Having said this I think this might be a case of this not being the right book for me I think some people will really relate to these characters and for them this will be an incredibly special book 710 Big thanks to William Morrow for my copy of this book

  2. says:

    My Rating35Favorite uotesRhiannon knows the word sorry will never find its way from Billie’s throatShe watches him and knows that her anger with him is nothing compared to the heavy weight of what she’s dragged around a prison cell for six years and across so many highways to this place this moment that in the end she is most disappointed in herself no one elseMy ReviewThere was family drama aplenty as well as a long and arduous road trip full of broody tension and uncertainty as two sisters followed the bread crumb path across the country that their recently deceased mother had set for them in her sparse journal a journal that gave no explanations just GPS coordinates and poorly drawn images I was riddled with curiosity yet increasingly impatient with the incrementally slow pace and confounding nature of their discoveries Gradually old resentments lies secrets and jealousies unspooled as the tedium and miles were racked up The main characters were hard for me to care for as they were both stalled and discontent with their lives and extremely closed off annoyingly so Billie was an immature screw up with an innate sense of inadeuacy and unpredictable volatile and impulsive behavioral reactions These were not individuals I would willingly choose to spend my time with yet I was curious about the mysterious clues and geocaching I confess – I struggled valiantly with this ponderously slow and angsty yet informative and pensive book The book contained a thought provoking story yet used far too many pages in the telling and left me with a sense of emotional exhaustion and a bitter sense of dissatisfaction with the ending but maybe I just didn’t catch all the ethereal connections I did glean an awareness of issues and phenomenon I had never before encountered and felt the need to hit Mr Google for additional research on clear air turbulence and The Spiral Jetty I may never fly again

  3. says:

    I loved everything about this book It checked all my boxes A scavenger hunt set by a mom before she died sends two sisters one just out of prison for setting fire to a library who is also a hawk trainer the other a former NASCAR racer on a search given only coordinates Dead mom was a renowned paleontologist All three women have different enough careers and backgrounds to make just this little part of the book interesting They drive from Illinois to Utah to scatter their moms nonexistent ashes and are taken to some of my favorite places including Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico The chapters are interspersed with passages from texts relating to their location and not only is the full bibliographic citation given but the library call number is given; as a librarian I loved this The sisters are for the most part unsure of the reasons for the scavenger hunt and even after several finds and stops they still are unsure of why their mom has sent them on this scavenger hunt What they find still doesn't make much sense We the reader is along for the long car ride across the county They find campgrounds instead of always staying in hotels and as a camper I liked this part too I wish they would have explored the campgrounds a bit though Nature seemed to be missing from their experience I was disappointed in their food choice in Albuuerue they went to a Vietnamese restaurant What? No green chile? The author could have done some research and at least sent them to The Frontier Restaurant on Central The food choices all along the way were disappointing They ate at Taco Bell and Denny's Ugh I did enjoy that they were getting road tripper food at gas stations thoughThis is really an exploration into who these main characters are were and will become Fantastic

  4. says:

    Ooh boy This book tried to do too much and did it dully Is this a commentary on grief? Or is this a commentary on climate change? You can have both narratives in the same story but make it interesting For being adult women the characters displayed a lot of teen angst and were really one note and boring The whole plane crash due to climate change was unnecessary The way it was tied to the grief storyline was flimsy at best and lazy at worst And as someone who curses like a sailor I found the f word to be used a little gratuitously Maybe because I didn't get a personality from either of the main characters the use of the f word just did not seem to fit Anyway this is not a bad book in terms of being offensive or problematic IMO But it was definitely not the book for me

  5. says:

    Two sisters set off on a road trip cross country following GPS coordinates their mother left for them before she died This thoughtful novel delves into family relationships and healing but is also made interesting by its focus on nature science and travel Now I want to hit the road Read my full review and listen to a sample of the audio book which I enjoyed

  6. says:

    Interesting enough premise and two Interesting sisters on a journey following the death of their mother But I was ready for the journey to be over long before the book ended and found needless repetition and the clever use of nouns as verbs so tiresome by the end I almost bumped my rating down to 2 Won’t bother looking for Valente’s other novel

  7. says:

    455Getting to spend over 400 pages with Anne Valente’s characters was such a treat – I’m so impressed at how real they feel in short stories and in a novel format you can get so much out of them especially the characters of The Desert Sky Before Us Rhiannon is an ex race driver her sister Billie has just been released from a six year prison sentence and their mother a renowned archaeologist has created a sort of a treasure hunt for her daughters before an illness took her During the journey that the treasure hunt develops into you slowly get to know Rhiannon and Billie in a way that is almost painfully real I was sucked in right from the first page needing to know what brought the sisters in their current circumstances and whether they’ll succeed in reconnecting with each other While of all this inner turmoil is going on with the sisters the world shows signs of chaos repeated airplane crashes droughts and endless rain; Valente doesn’t fail to provide an environmental aspect which I was thankful for I would have appreciated it if climate change had even direct and prominent role but then again The Desert Sky Before Us really is about the mental journey of the two characters and as such it's brilliant

  8. says:

    This book was awful Throughout the book the author goes on about the environment and plane crashes yet that story line went nowhere Billie doesn’t really talk about why she did what she did in any detail The sisters were whiny and annoying And the thing I really didn’t like was that there were no uotations around the dialogue in the book

  9. says:

    A very well written literary novel The Desert Sky Above Us is a step up from my usual mysterythriller On the surface it's the story of a road trip taken by two sisters after their mother's death As the sisters drive across the country following clues left by their archaeologist mother they begin to really talk to each other for the first time in years unraveling thread by thread secret hurts and long held misunderstandings Beautiful detailed descriptions of scenes along the way made me almost believe I was taking the long ride along with them The only uibble I have with this novel is the climate change warning theme woven throughout was sometimes a little heavy handed

  10. says:

    Two estranged sisters former race car driver the other a recently released prisoner embark on a journey they will never soon forgetIt's a journey to find the left over items from their mother a scavenger hunt that takes them out west Painful secrets and betrayals forge to the front as these two sisters who've not seen one another in months are now trying to cope with the hurt and pain caused over the years as Rhiannon picks up Billie from the correction facilityThe sisters are certain of one thing The trail will lead them to Utah at the uarry there mother spent years at researching dinosaur fossilsThe plane crash for me was insignificant at best along with the climate change references as it appeared to take away rather than add to this plotIn the end the main point was that they wanted to let their mother know she was loved and that they followed through till the end together and accomplished the goal of letting their mother know they were thereIt was like a spiritual playground moment that led them there but they made itA pleasant and enjoyable read

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