Hold Up the Sky    -     By: Patricia Sprinkle
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Hold Up the Sky

New American Library / 2010 / Paperback

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There's a proverb that says "women hold up half the sky"---and for four ladies sharing a farm in Solace, Georgia, that burden feels awfully heavy! Mamie harbors an overwhelming secret, Margaret has lost her home, Billie worries about her disabled daughter, and Emerita lives with a heartbreaking past. Can their friendship bring healing---and hope? 416 pages, softcover from NAL.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: New American Library
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0451229142
ISBN-13: 9780451229144

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Publisher's Description

From a veteran writer new to the Accent list, a novel about four women who find strength and insight in each other.

Mamie is facing an overwhelming secret. Margaret has lost her home. Billie can no longer care alone for her disabled daughter. And Maria is living with an untenable choice. When these four women come together to live on a drought-stricken Georgia farm, they must open their hearts, and share their burdens, before they can find the bounty that lies hidden in tough times, and once again see the glorious pattern of meaning in their lives.

Author Bio

Patricia Sprinkle grew up in North Carolina and northern Florida, graduated from Vassar College, and spent a winter writing in the Scottish Highlands before settling in Atlanta. Although as an adult she has also lived in Chicago and Miami, her mysteries and novels reflect her love for and the strength of her Southern roots. Sprinkle is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Contact her at patriciasprinkle@hotmail.com.


In Hold Up the Sky, Patricia Sprinkle weaves a beautiful tale about four women who share a difficult summer together under a hot Georgia sun. They each have heavy burdens to bear: Mamie is dying of congestive heart failure, Margaret's husband has recently divorced her, Emerita has emigrated from Mexico in search of financial support for her family, and Billie's absent husband has stopped sending the money she desperately needs to provide for her handicapped daughter, Chellie. In spite of, or rather because of, their circumstances, these women learn to share their trials with one another and to see that the "light and dark threads of God's tapestry" truly do work together for the good of those who love him.

Very well-written, this incredible story contains both heart-wrenching tragedies and jubilant triumphs. Some objectionable content includes a few swear words and one extramarital relationship. Included in the book is an interview with Sprinkle and discussion questions for small group conversation. – Rachel E. Nolan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

In her latest, Sprinkle (Carley’s Song) abandons mystery for pure melodrama, following two down-on-their-luck sisters reconverging on their father’s farm in Solace, Ga. When the bottom falls out of Maggie Baxter’s safe upper-middle-class family life, she takes her sons and moves back to daddy’s farm, where her sister, Billie, and Billie’s disabled daughter, live hand-to-mouth following the disappearance of Billie’s husband. The two sisters spend sweltering summer days in their father’s kitchen with elderly friend Mamie Fountain, who is dying of congestive heart failure, and Mexican immigrant Emerita Gomez, who has lost her family. The only respite from these characters’ gloom-and-doom circumstances is the reappearance of Billie’s good-hearted high school heartthrob. Sprinkle has a gift for developing a full, rich world, but her narrative spends far too long spinning its wheels, considering and reconsidering each woman’s miseries without moving beyond them. (Mar.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"A heartfelt story of the women who catch us when we fall-the sisters and friends who hold up the sky and show us who we were meant to be."
-Lisa Wingate, author of The Summer Kitchen

"Patricia Sprinkle takes us deep into the thoughts and feelings of four women who realize the only way to true strength is to share their faith, their hearts and each other's lives. A beautiful and thoroughly southern story of the enduring bond of women's friendships through the seasons of the year and the seasons of life. Sprinkle knows this world and we are lucky that in her lyrical language she shares it with us!"
-Patti Callahan Henry, national bestselling author of Driftwood Summer

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of my favorites!!
    January 12, 2011
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    I have always enjoyed Patricia Sprinkle's books but this is definitely one of my favorites! The characters seem so real & being from the South myself, I can relate well to them. I will miss them, wish we could read more about them. I'll be thinking about this book for some time.
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