We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky

We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky

by Emma Hooper

Narrated by Amanda Cordner, Rong Fu, Alison Deon, Hailey Gillis

Unabridged — 12 hours, 15 minutes

Emma Hooper
We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky

We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky

by Emma Hooper

Narrated by Amanda Cordner, Rong Fu, Alison Deon, Hailey Gillis

Unabridged — 12 hours, 15 minutes

Emma Hooper

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Overview

An epic, boundary-pushing tale of five young women rebelling against an era that relies on their submission, from the acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James.

During the golden age of the Roman Empire, five girls enjoy a modest childhood in their small Portuguese village. They race each other through lemon orchards and pick fresh fruit for the commander who overlooks his people from a large house on the hill. Though the girls are all raised by different families, there is one thing they know without a doubt: they are sisters.
 
What they don't know is that their simple existence is about to be irrevocably changed. When soldiers abduct them from their village and bring them to the commander, the sisters are suddenly forced to confront long-buried secrets that reveal their lives to be anything but ordinary. Burgeoning on womanhood just as the Empire begins to show signs of crumbling around them, they soon find themselves at the centre of a deadly standoff and must part ways to fight their own battles in order to survive.
 
One of Emma Hooper's most compelling novels yet, We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky is bursting at the seams with abstract miracles, devastating tenderness, hope, desire, and treachery-with life and death in all their glory. Demonstrating both the force and fragility of human nature, Hooper urges us to consider how we'll each face our own final hour, to examine what the end really means: is it something to fear, or is it a daring leap into the blaze of a new beginning?


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Praise for We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky:

On CBC’s “Fall reading list: 30 Canadian books to read now”

“[T]he breezy summer read [you] need to escape to a different time and place. . . . Even with themes of death, suppression, separation and starvation, Hooper keeps a sense of lightness and humour. . . . [There is] fierce bravery presented in myriad forms, whether it is to run from a life you don’t want, fight back, find a home, or love.”
The Globe and Mail

“[G]ripping.”
Global News

“[We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky] delightfully details [the] lives of historical martyrs. . . . [A]n undeniably rich novel. . . . Hooper (now living mostly in England but deliciously attached to her Canada) is a writer to read carefully and to ponder significantly.”
Winnipeg Free Press

Product Details

BN ID: 2940175050609
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: 08/09/2022
Edition description: Unabridged

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