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A rare 5 stars from me,
This review is from: Under This Unbroken Sky (Hardcover)
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The author spent her childhood on the Canadian Prairies, so is well-qualified to write a book set there.
Teodor Mykolayenko and his family escape from the Ukraine under Stalin to start a new life on the Prairies. They endeavour to make a living, working as hard as possible, but people and events conspire to make their circumstances even tougher, the authorities and extended family doing their best to undermine their efforts.
The story is so well told that I felt I knew the family personally. The author has an unusual, rather abrupt writing style that I thoroughly enjoyed. She does a wonderful job of painting life in a tough environment. The book may be distressing in places, but it's compelling too, gripping from the start.
I have never said this before in a book review, so it is no cliché for me, but I couldn't put it down and had to read straight through, completely absorbed.
This is a book you mustn't miss. It's brilliant. Roll on the next one.