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The Sky Buries All Sorrow

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In the spring of 1941, nineteen-year-old John Cooper asks sixteen-year-old Nora Warden to marry him. After she instructs him to “grow up first,” he joins the Army Air Corps. Stationed at Hickam Field, the air base adjacent to Pearl Harbor, John survives the devastation of December 7. The aftermath of the attack only begins his odyssey through the South Pacific, four years ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Blue Cliffs Books
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Jonathan Sturak
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where were you when the twin towers were hit, the Soviets set up nukes in Cuba, or the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor? Depending on your age, these events may be close to your heart, or close to the hearts of your parents or grandparents. The Sky Buries All Sorrow explores how these events, spanning from the 1940s to the 2000s, transform a family.

DeBlanck structures the book in four parts bridging three generations of characters. Masterfully, he slows the plot down to take you through the emotio
Gerald Weaver
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I generally approach historical fiction very carefully. It is a difficult genre in which to write and the writers do not often overcome the problems inherent with it. This book “The Sky Buries All Sorrows,” by Roger DeBlanck manages to gracefully overleap those obstacles almost entirely. The two major problems that this book effortlessly avoids are that the language of the past is not the language of our present, and that the actual facts do not bend well to fiction. Using the rea;istic historic ...more
Suzanne Segal
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It contains parallels in my own family from the World War II era through the days of the Test Site and “Old Vegas.” I related to the book’s atmosphere during the war era where everyone was expected to serve. The character of John was a lot like my father. John answers the call of duty at the request of his future wife, Nora. The country cannot know how long the war might be, but for everyone separated at that time, it is a trial of patience and endurance. Only the sin ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much looked forward to the second book from Roger DeBlanck, and he does not disappoint with offering an outstanding follow-up to his richly inventive debut novel, The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy. The new book, The Sky Buries All Sorrow, offers an even more developed and involving story as it covers more time and territory than this first book. Whether he’s describing a battle scene from Guadalcanal or two friends discussing the aftermath of Sept. 11, his words paint pictures t ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roger DeBlanck’s novel, The Sky Buries All Sorrow, is a family saga that will touch your heart. Spanning the events of the Pearl Harbor bombing in Honolulu to the Twin Towers falling in New York, several generations of John Cooper’s family experience the historical changes that compel the reader to bond with the characters. You will find yourself crying and worrying, then smiling and laughing, before praying along with the family and friends of John and Nora Cooper. But through all the turmoil a ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel has a pulse that takes you on an amazing journey. The story starts on the day before Pearl Harbor is attacked and it travels all the way through the events of 9/11. It is important how these two historical tragedies affect the grandfather John and his grandson Johnny, but the challenges for the family over that time span are truly extraordinary. The big events only serve to bookend a powerful journey of so many ups and downs for each generation of the Cooper family.

John Cooper goes t
Brandyn Lamb
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally enthralling. Very descriptive journey into the hapless yet fulfilling life of a WW2 veteran. The in depth look into the horror American troops had faced from the unrelenting Japanese was something I was never able to fully grasp until reading through this book. I especially like how the author, Roger DeBlanck, captured the entire life of John, the main character, during his long years after the war. Typically we all imagine a fairy tale ending after a soldier expends his efforts in w ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has achieved another heartbreaking and triumphant family story. The scope of the book connects the generations through the adversity they face. Fine plot development is handled with sensitivity and grace. John Cooper’s generation was called upon to fight the Great War against Japan and Germany. Sixty years later, his grandson by the same first name (he goes by Johnny) faces pivotal decisions about how his generation is to respond to 9/11. They share an endearing relationship. In linki ...more
Sharon Cole
Research lacking

Sad that a story about WW2 is so lacking in research, especially about the Pacific war. Lost all regard for this being a serious attempt while reading about B29s being on Aircraft carriers.
Matthew William
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that continues to shine through in Roger's writing is the connections one develops with his characters. I felt a bond with the characters in his book. I felt grief when they experienced life's hardships and I shared in their joy when they experienced happiness. I wish I could give my own advice to Johnny. The emotions and themes of love, hope, and compassion permeate throughout the book. ...more
Sonja Abernathy
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sky Buries All Sorrow

Such a rich story well told! I love to read WWII era books and this one doesn't disappoint. Not too predictable but put a lot of less often told views in front of the reader. Excellent read that starts with Pearl Harbor and goes to Vegas and nearby atomic development. An accurate portrayal of the times.
Good book

You people should just read this book I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. I think you would like it.Shelley MA
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful writing style and a lot of emotion are becoming trademarks of Roger DeBlanck's books. His second novel produces the same effect of making you feel the intensity of the experiences of the characters. This novel is more ambitious in the amount of decades it spans and the length of the characters’ live it chronicles.

We meet the novel’s main character, John. He is a mechanic at Hickam Field near Pearl Harbor, and he is yearning for home and the love of his life, Nora. After Japan destroy
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed The Sky Buries all Sorrows because John and Nora’s family seems so ordinary, yet there is drama. The book feels like the perfect antidote to today’s celebrity obsessed culture where it seems like so many people set astronomical, unattainable goals for themselves and when they don’t accomplish these, they resort to anesthetizing entertainment. The book helps me see my own life and family through a more dramatic lens.

To me, the book celebrates ordinary courage, not heroism. I can relate
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading “The Sky Buries All Sorrows,” Roger DeBlanck’s second novel. It is a splendid narrative that follows three generations of the Cooper family from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to the aftermath of 9/11. The storyline is involving and a great read, but what really impressed me was how much I learned from reading this book. The author’s impeccable research had me constantly saying, “Wow, I didn’t know that!” From the military details of WWII to the descriptions of “ ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I finished this book on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Reading the descriptions of how the characters dealt with the tragedy brought up many memories and feelings that I have of that day. This book spans several generations and covers the time from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. It really brings the story full circle and illustrates that even though times do change, the hardships we experience are very similar. Through each generation, we see ...more
Donald Ozello
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Mr Roger DeBlanck, at a book signing event. He described his books and I quickly purchased "The Sky Buries All Sorrow" due to the fact that I enjoy reading and learning about history, especially World War II history.
The story is centered around an American family and follows their lives from World War II to 2001. Starting with the main character, John, being present at the attack at Pearl Harbor, continuing through his daughters life, then his grandso
s h montgomery
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Sky Buries All Sorrow spans from Pearl Harbor to the 9/11 Twin Tower’s devastation---from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas, and three generations of Coopers---their love, disappointments, courage, loss, and search for peace and self-worth. Interestingly, DeBlanck depicts Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in two different ways: after World War II, before it was officially recognized; and as a disorder of a civilian after having a horrific experience. For those too young to remember World War II and onw ...more
Vicki-Ann Bush
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Author Roger DeBlanck, takes us on a journey spanning more than seventy years, from World War II to the horrific realization of war on our own soil on September 11, 2001. He begins the story with John Cooper, taking us through his life and the horror he had to endure after witnessing the bombing of Pearl Harbor first hand. Mr. DeBlanck, has researched his war history with impeccable detail and gives you a front row seat to the chaos and the friendships that were forged during this terrible time ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series by my coworker and good friend Roger. Very loosely based on the life experiences of his grandfather, his mother and even himself, the story begins with the attack on Pearl Harbor and and follows the family through the decades as they encounter and come to terms with personal struggles and tragedies. Culminating with the attack of Sept 11, the multi-generational saga is really about how the characters reconcile themselves to a world of heartbreak and sorrow, an ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Time For A Tissue

War has many meanings too me. One area of the book "hit straight and hard into my family history, World War II. As it is said thru history,in some families, "Loved one's return, some do not". If you are a fast reader, then you just might miss the emotions, but if you are a slow and meticulous reader keep your tissue or handkerchief close by because the tears will flow, as mine did..
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you get what you pay for with Kindle freebies. Unfinished about a quarter of the way through.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
So bad I couldn't finish it. ...more
Marian Sofferin
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well written story that spans three generations of a family from WWII to after 9/11.
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Roger DeBlanck is the author of four novels: Prayers from the Far Quarter, The Destruction of Silence, The Sky Buries All Sorrow, and The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy. He also has a book of poetry, Empire of the Mind. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He ...more

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