Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Above Us Only Sky

  Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone

Prudence  Vilkas was born with wings.  But at birth a surgeon cut them off, leaving a scar and small stubs.  Prudence feels the connection to her wings her whole life, their loss leaves her with a feeling  of disconnect she doesn’t understand.  There is only one other person who can see and acknowledges her wings, her best friend Wheaton.  Her parents were young and are separated and Prudence lives with her mother, the one who demanded the wings be cut off. Prudence has an anchor in her life in Wheaton but she struggles with what the wings mean/meant.

When she is fifteen her grandparents on her absent father’s side demand to meet her and Prudence discovers she is not alone in her family’s history.  Other women have had wings.

This story takes us through the trials of the Lithuanian national identity, one family’s story during World War II and a young girl’s discovery of her place in this family, this history and this world.  

This story is beautifully written,  tender and terrible at the same time.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like something I would read. I have a few friends whose parents immigrated from these parts after the war. They never talked about their life, but attending their funerals (as they sadly reach that age) I have learned so much more from their histories. More and more I am realising how devastating those World Wars were in Europe, we lost so much and we are still recovering even now. Our culture, our art, our humanity, so changed, some for the good, so much more not so. History is so important.