Nearer Than The Sky

Nearer Than The Sky

by T. Greenwood
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Nearer Than The Sky by T. Greenwood

In this mesmerizing novel, acclaimed author T. Greenwood draws readers into the fascinating and frightening world of Munchausen syndrome by proxy—and into one woman's search for healing.

When Indie Brown was four years old, she was struck by lightning. In the oft-told version of the story, Indie's life was heroically saved by her mother. But Indie's own recollection of the event, while hazy, is very different.

Most of Indie's childhood memories are like this—tinged with vague, unsettling images and suspicions. Her mother, Judy, fussed over her pretty youngest daughter, Lily, as much as she ignored Indie. That neglect, coupled with the death of her beloved older brother, is the reason Indie now lives far away in rural Maine. It's why her relationship with Lily is filled with tension, and why she dreads the thought of flying back to Arizona. But she has no choice. Judy is gravely ill, and Lily, struggling with a challenge of her own, needs her help.

In Arizona, faced with Lily's hysteria and their mother's instability, Indie slowly begins to confront the truth about her half-remembered past and the legacy that still haunts her family. And as she revisits her childhood, with its nightmares and lost innocence, she finds she must reevaluate the choices of her adulthood—including her most precious relationships.

"Lush, evocative." —The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758238740
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 579,436
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

T. Greenwood is the author of Breathing Water, Nearer Than the Sky, and Undressing the Moon, the latter two both Booksense 76 picks. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and, most recently, the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in the D.C. area, where she is also an aspiring fine arts photographer.

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Nearer Than the Sky 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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sfc95 More than 1 year ago
I think I should have listened to this on tape. I got this feeling half way through that I wanted to know what happened but I didn't want to watch, like closing your eyes during a scary movie, but that is impossible to do when reading. I powered through because I had to know what would happen to everyone. this is a powerful book about a powerful disease. Being a social worker, I have had one experience with Munchausen by proxy and it was devistating. This book is a very realistic portrait of the disease and what it can do to a family and the difficult way to prove it. It is a very serious book, it is raw with emotions and you need to be ready to step into the emotions whole-heartedly, but read it, embrace it and know that it has a great deal of truth within it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in just few days, which is unsaul for me a, mother of a 17 month old. The book took ahold of me and it was like I knew Indie and I felt everything she did. I found that as I appraoched the end, I would read alittle and then put the book down as to prolong it's ending.It gripped me and I look forward to reading it again soon.This book oddly took me to a strange sereal place that I really look forward to again in T. Greenwood's new book, Breathing Water.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me reading for hours, I just could'nt put it down. Indie Brown has forced all of her chilhood memories out of her mind. These memories that she would rather forget revolve around a mentally ill mother who abuses her own children in horrific ways. Indie had been succesful in keeping these memories out of her mind until one evening she recieves a call from her younger sister Lili. This phone call forces Indie to travel back to her childhood and relive the horrible experiences she had with her mother. MUST READ!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just could not put this book down. The writing was superb, powerful, compelling. I didn't want the story to end but simply go on forever. I will recommend this to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, mysterious novel about young woman trying to make peace with her twisted family, while trying to understand her very normal boyfriend. MUST READING!