Under This Unbroken Sky

“Brilliant and honest and brutal.” Joseph Boyden, Giller Prize Winner

Canadian Hardcover and Paperback- Penguin Canada

American Hardcover and Paperback- Harper Collins US

British Hardcover and Paperback- Weidenfeld & Nicholson UK


Chinese/ Italian/ Dutch translations

What Readers Are Saying

This book is wonderful, tragic, joyous, disturbing. It made me smile,cry and want to scream in anger… I could feel the wind, smell the grasses…I felt like a voyeur peeking through windows and hiding behind rocks to watch the daily interactions of this family…When someone asks “Do you know of a good book?” This one will be at the top of my list. www.booktumbling.wordpress.com

This author is like none other I have ever read. Shandi Mitchell will capture your heart and thrust these characters’ hearts into yours. You become one with them. You live with them…  Once you pick this book up, do not expect to put it down until you have turned the last page. Kathy S. Barnes & Noble First Look Club

This is definitely not a sugarcoated fairy tale of man’s triumph over untamed land nor is it a sob story about the shortcomings of human endurance. “Under This Unbroken Sky” is a well-crafted and passionately honest portrayal of one family’s struggle to survive. Gisella,B&N First Look Club

There’s something about this novel that goes right to your heart. I certainly felt it in mine as I read. By the time I got to the end, I was frantic. I pride myself on being a fairly emotionally balanced person, but this novel broke my heart…  morbid-romantic.net

If you enjoy books that are superbly written, full of strong characters who evoke strong emotional responses…this is a book for you. Momoftwins, B&N First Look Club

It is easy for one to get lost in the pages of Under The Unbroken Sky… Shandi’s words flow across the pages and right into your heart…These characters will live on in your heart and mind long after the last page has been savored… Shandi Mitchell’s first novel is a masterpiece!  Zeal, B&N First Look Club

Mitchell’s writing is edgy and disturbing…The suspense is dramatic and Mitchell ensures your heart will resonate with compassion with this rare unforgettable ending. Under This Unbroken Sky is a significant, sensitive novel that you will not want to miss. Wisteria Leigh blogcritics.org


There is a black and white photograph of a family: a man, woman and five children. Scrawled on the back, in tight archaic script, are the words: Willow Creek, Alberta, 1933. This will be their only photograph together.

They are posed in front of a hand-hewn log granary. The adults are seated on wooden chairs, centred to frame. They are dressed in their church best.

The man, his hair clipped short, wears a white, high-collared, pressed shirt, tightly knotted tie, a dark woolen suit, and broken-in work boots. He looks like a tall man. Large hands rest on his knees. His legs are crossed.

The woman wears a dark, modest knee-length dress and low-heeled shoes with sturdy ankle straps. No stockings. On her lap is a baby, a white blur squirming to escape the woman’s strong hold. He is round and fat, in stark contrast to the other thin forms.

Three sisters ordered in ascending age are interspersed between their parents. On the far end stands the boy. He is ramrod straight. Chin up. Though they all wear summer clothes, they are standing in four inches of snow.

They stare straight ahead, their eyes lost in shadows. Expressionless. Arms rigidly pressed against their sides. Holding their breath as the photographer counts: one hundred and one, one hundred and two, one hundred and three….

Within three years, this farm will be foreclosed. Two years later, one will die. Two others, of whom there is no photograph, will be murdered.

But this day, in the moment right after the shutter clicks shut, this family takes a deep breath and smiles.

• Penguin Canada
• Harper Collins (US)
• Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK/Australia/New Zealand/India)
• Kinneret (Israel)
• Orlando (Holland)
• Commonwealth (Chinese Complex Rights)
• Fazi (Italy)