PUBLICATION DATE: October 20, 2016
ISBN: 9780984824533; Paperback; $15.00 U.S.; 5.5 x 8.5; 251 pages;
Biotech entrepreneur Tess Whitford has built her life around the certainty of logic and thrives on solving problems. But when one of her dearest friends exhausts the reaches of medicine while fighting cancer and grabs onto the hope that traditional healers in Ecuador might save her, Tess has to let go of everything she knows—and every instinct she has. Unable to deny Ellie a request that might be her last, Tess flies to Ecuador to help.
Together with Joline, another close college friend whose spiritual work inspired the trip, they travel to the small mountain village of Otavalo. Immersed in nature and introduced to strange ancient ceremonies, the three friends are pushed to recognize that good health is not only physical. Tess grapples with her inability to trust; Ellie struggles with a painful secret; and Joline worries about the contract she made with an aggressive businessman whose ambitions could destroy the delicate fabric of the local community. When an ayahuasca ceremony goes awry and an unlikely betrayal suddenly threatens to unravel their decades-long friendship, these three very different women awaken to a shared realization: they each have a deep need for healing.
FILL THE SKY captures the challenges of mid-life, the hope we seek when we explore alternative paths, and the profound nature of women’s friendships. It’s a beautifully told and moving story about lifelong friends, the power of the spirit, and the age-old quest to not simply fight death but to shape an authentic life.
“Three women, each with an important question to answer, travel together into a world richly imagined and beautifully rendered to find unconventional answers. This is a deeply moving novel about love, honesty, respect, the unlikely, and the truly possible.”
—Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author
“FILL THE SKY takes us to places we seldom dare explore and pushes the boundaries of love, friendship, and healing. Sherbrooke has a deft understanding of human nature and a painter’s eye for place. A journey every woman should take.”
—Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader
“Sherbrooke's insight into friendship—all the slights and secrets, yet more importantly all the love that defines it—propels this novel forward to its deeply satisfying conclusion. FILL THE SKY is pure heart and a perfect read for a circle of friends.”
—Lynne Griffin, author of Girl Sent Away and Sea Escape
“In Fill the Sky Sherbrooke does a wonderful job of cooking up a stew that is one part longtime friendship, one part spiritual healing, and one part ethical dilemma. She presents all three ingredients in a complex, nuanced way that makes the bond among these women as real as the Ecuadorian landscape, and their very different but overlapping problems feel like our own. This is a novel about mature love and difficult choices, about hope and growth, and about the struggle to open ourselves to new ways of understanding the challenge that is being alive in a human body. Taut, smoothly written, beautifully balanced. It kept me engaged from first page to last.”
—Roland Merullo, author of Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha, and Dinner with Buddha
“With compassion and insight, Katherine Sherbrooke skillfully weaves together the stories of three women who travel to the lush mountains of Ecuador in search of healing. FILL THE SKY is a moving novel about asking the hard questions, seeking the truth, and our need for connection—to the earth, to our communities and to each other.”
—Louise Miller, author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living
"I didn’t want it to end! Made me miss my girlfriends."
—Amaryah Orenstein, Co-President, Women’s National Book Association-Boston chapter
KATHERINE A. SHERBROOKE received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from Stanford University. An entrepreneur and writer, she is the author of Finding Home, a family memoir about her parents’ tumultuous and inspiring love affair. This is her first novel. She lives outside Boston with her husband, two sons, and black lab.
Visit her online at www.kasherbrooke.com, https://www.facebook.com/kasherbrooke/?fref=ts, or @kazzese.
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