From the author of Hell’s Bottom, Colorado comes a painfully honest tale about the realities of the new American West, a winner of the WILLA Literary Award and a top-ten pick of the year by the School Library Journal.
When Libby winds up raising her younger sister Tess’s daughter, she sets out to give baby Amber the childhood she and Tess never had. But then Libby—who is only twenty-two—loses her job at the Ideal Foods, and Amber’s father shows up with a custody claim. When a community rises up to give her support, Libby is grateful. There’s the mystic beekeeper, the widowed husband of Libby’s best friend, the saintly rancher next door, and even her mother, who finds a way to help in spite of her intolerance for weakness. With spirit and a kind of awkward grace, Libby learns that love and support, more than blood, are what truly define a family.
More than a story of a single mother overcoming obstacles, Sky Bridge leaves readers with a fresh feeling for what it means to inhabit a world in which dreams die, and are sometimes reborn.
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Praise and Prizes
“Sky Bridge grabs you by the heart and never lets go.”
“A vivid modern tale of believable goodness—despite all the odds against that.”
“With an unerring ear for the undercurrents of small Western communities, Laura Pritchett introduces readers to the gritty realities of life with limited opportunities.”
“At the center of Laura Pritchett’s Sky Bridge is the courageous notion that a world that makes us all strangers makes us also, necessarily, family. . . . The beauty of the book lies in the way Pritchett, quietly and without fanfare, explores this difficult balance.”
“Compassionate, finely observed . . . A moving story of love, duty, and family.”
“In this spare yet haunting portrait of the American West, Laura Pritchett’s powerful poetic voice speaks with clarity, wisdom, and passion about country, family, and one young woman’s majestic spirit.”
“This book offers a gritty but redeeming picture of a family that never quite lets go of hope.”