- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press; 20140501 edition (May 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 177041083X
- ISBN-13: 978-1770410831
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Elephant in the Sky Paperback – May 1 2014
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"Convincingly told from both Ashley’s and Nate’s perspectives (Canadian author Heather, a mom herself, is adept at illuminating the mind of a troubled nine-year-old boy), the novel explores the dynamics of a family in crisis." ― HELLO! Canada
"Following Clark's successful debut novel Chai Tea Sunday , her second novel is a magnificent story about mental illness and the unwavering love of a mother for her son...Clark expertly presents Ashley as someone who fears and lacks understanding of mental illness but who, with guidance, learns to accept what she cannot change and begins to deal positively with the situation." ― Publishers Weekly
"Heather Clark’s second novel, Elephant in the Sky , offers a clear portrait of childhood mental illness and accompanying family stress...Nate’s chapters, in particular, are skillfully crafted. They provide an accurate portrayal of childlike thought patterns, both rational and delusional." ― Foreword Reviews
About the Author
Heather A. Clark is the author of the bestselling novel Chai Tea Sunday. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Visit her online at heatheraclark.com.
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ECW Press|May 1, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-77041-083-1
The stigma of mental illness and the power of a mother's love come together in this achingly honest novel. Widely acclaimed for her ability to tell emotionally powerful stories that capture the real lives of women, bestselling author Heather A. Clark tackles the subject of childhood mental disorders. ELEPHANT IN THE SKY is told from both nine-year-old Nate's point of view and that of his mother, Ashely, an overworkd ad executive who struggles with a demanding workload and the worry that she's not spending enough time with her family - especially as her son's battle with mental unbalance and paranoid delusions escalates. The two narratives converge in a deeply moving tale of a family dealing with mental illness. ELEPHANT IN THE SKY is a story about unconditional love, and it articulates a complicated, real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity. It looks at what it means to be different in our society and beautifully explores the distance a mother will go to protect her child.
ELEPHANT IN THE SKY was a riveting read. The characters were well fleshed out and the situation of dealing with mental illness was real, it was like reading a true story. I felt that Ashely and her husband were a bit slow on the uptake in picking up the fact that their nine-year-old son was exhibiting behaviours that were very inappropriate for his age and felt they should have sought help for him much sooner than when they did. However, they finally did become involved with the right people and the story moved at a steady pace holding my attention page after page after page.
This was one book I really enjoyed! Heather's first book was titled: Chai Tea Sunday and was also an excellent read.
I will definitely recommend Elephant in the Sky, which is a very fitting title!
A creative and insightful view on childhood mental illness, and the stigma and difficulties surrounded by it.
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