We Own the Sky: A Novel

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“This heartbreaking story of a father’s love that defies all reason takes off on the first page and never touches down.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard

“Gut-wrenching, powerful, and yes, you want to buy copies for friends because this is the kind of book you’ll have to share.” —Caroline Leavitt

“Anyone who wishes David Nicholls would write faster needs to grab this with both hands.” —Jill Mansell



“We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”

Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.

We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.

“[T]ender and raw, spun in pragmatic prose as personal as a friend’s heartfelt admissions, with turns as unexpected as life itself.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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About the author

Born in the U.K, Luke Allnutt is a writer and journalist based in the Czech Republic. He is married and has two young boys.

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Publisher
Harlequin
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Published on
Apr 1, 2018
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781488078712
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Todos tenemos que tomar decisiones.

Y algunas de ellas nos conducen al desastre.

Antes, decidir era sencillo: tostada con queso o palitos de pescado; Star Wars o Pokémon; quedarse bajo la lluvia un minuto o media hora.

Pero para Rob, Anna y su hijo Jack la vida da un vuelco repentino. Y el rumbo que deciden tomar lo cambia todo.

Rob Coates está hundido. Antaño felizmente casado con Anna y padre de Jack, su precioso hijo, se halla ahora sumido en el alcoholismo y a duras penas consigue salir adelante. Dirige una página web de fotografía, We Own the Sky, donde cuelga fotos panorámicas de lugares que visitó con su familia, y lucha por olvidar el pasado. Poco a poco iremos descubriendo de qué huye Rob: de la espantosa enfermedad de Jack, del naufragio de su matrimonio y de su obsesión por salvar a su hijo a toda costa. Obligado a afrontar cómo afectaron sus decisiones a sus seres queridos, Rob habrá de encontrar la manera seguir adelante sin Anna y Jack, de perdonarse a sí mismo y de regresar a la vida.

Nuestro es el cielo es una novela desgarradora y vitalista acerca del amor entre marido y mujer y entre padre e hijo. Trata acerca de cómo intentamos dar sentido a lo que no lo tiene y plantea una cuestión central: qué harías tú si tuvieras que enfrentarte a lo inimaginable. ¿Hasta dónde llegarías para salvar a tu hijo? El debut literario de Luke Allnutt emociona e invita a la reflexión, y nos muestra a través del despertar de su protagonista que, cuando todo se ha perdido, lo que queda es el amor.

¿Por qué creemos que las mujeres tienden más que los hombres a escribir novelas de una sensibilidad tan sobrecogedora que te inflama el corazón y al mismo tiempo te lo rompe? La primera novela de Luke Allnutt, Nuestro es el cielo, demuestra que no siempre es así. Con talento literario e intensidad dramática, esta historia trágica acerca del amor de un padre que desafía toda razón despega en la primera página y ya no pierde altura.

Jacquelyn Mitchard, autora de En lo profundo del océano y La teoría del amor.

Nuestro es el cielo es una historia apasionante y emotiva acerca de cómo seguir adelante cuando hemos perdido lo que más amamos. Con agilidad, sutileza emocional y un potente foco moral, Luke Allnutt guía al lector a través de la desesperación más honda y el regreso a la esperanza. Una novela valiente e intensa.

Val Emmich, autor de The Reminders

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