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From award-winning author Anne Valente comes this poignant and unforgettable literary novel of two estranged sisters—one, a former racecar driver and the other a recently-released prisoner—who embark on a road trip together to complete the scavenger hunt their mother designed for them before her death.

When Billie is released from a correctional facility in Decatur, her sis
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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IJ
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Book Blogger at For the Southwest By the Southwest Book Corner. I was given a ARC copy thru Net Galley to read and review for my honest opinion.

This is the first book that I have read by Anne Valente. I have to give her a A+ for the realistic descriptions of the places that the travelers went on their road trip. I have been to many of them, and they are as she described.

I honestly found this book very long and boring. I really understood what the author was trying to put across to us, but
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Carolyn
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well written literary novel, The Desert Sky Above Us, is a step up from my usual mystery/thriller. On the surface it's the story of a road trip taken by two sisters after their mother's death. As the sisters drive across the country, following clues left by their archaeologist mother, they begin to really talk to each other for the first time in years, unraveling, thread by thread, secret hurts and long held misunderstandings. Beautiful detailed descriptions of scenes along the way made m ...more
Kim Bakos
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I know that everyone has taken a vacation or road trip where you are enjoying yourself, like the company you are with, are seeing cool sights, have the perfect playlist going, but still can't wait to be done and go home, too. That's this book in a nutshell.
Two sisters go on a cross-country scavenger hunt on the way to a memorial service for their mother who recently passed away. They see cool places that were important to their mother and pick up mementos that she left for them. Of course, with
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Tina Buster
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A familiar family story, but with interesting women with unusual careers. It is too repetitive and overwrought at some points, but still a good read.
Elizabeth Rund
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written and aching of realness. This book spans so many topics, love, loss, sisterhood, identy, what it means to be something, and so much more. I loved it.
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This one had great potential, but there were a few things that just weren't working for me. I appreciate that an author has to dangle some carrots in order to keep their audience engaged, but when those carrots just keep adding up and none of them are resolved, I found that I stopped caring. It ruined the overall excitement for me. Also, there were a few too convenient things that would happen. It's just unrealistic and it was one-too-many eye rolls for me to continue. Last, though no fault of t ...more
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Anne Valente's second novel, The Desert Sky Before Us, released in May 2019. She is also the author of the debut novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014), and the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics, which rereleased from Bull City Press in 2017. Her fiction appears in One Story, The ...more