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Publisher Description

A dark and riveting journey of one man in a broken world

With nothing left to lose, Nathan Soderquist is moving west; his wife is dead, his infant daughter too, all because of a kiss and a snowstorm and his failure to prevent distant consequences. In his desperate isolation, he commits acts of violence, cowardice, nobility, and bravery as he passes through vacant landscapes and encounters beguiling characters. A road accident leaves his body broken, and his convalescence plumbs the depths of addiction. Relentless in his need to bridge epic distances, his journey moves from car to bicycle to foot as his anger grows, spurring a desire for revenge. Ultimately, a midnight confrontation spirals out of control, and from its extraordinary violence Nathan is presented with two final paths: one ends in destruction; the other could lead to redemption.

Written in taut, muscular prose and punctuated by brief poetic journal entries that document the ever–changing sky, Panhuyzen’s debut novel recounts one man’s story in a world revved with suspense and alive with wonder.

Fiction & Literature
January 10
ECW Press
ECW Press Ltd.

Customer Reviews

Curtis E. ,

Emotional, sometimes bleak, but always riveting.

The Sky Manifest hooked me quickly and I enjoyed the journey through the book much as the protagonist journeyed across Canada and down through the United States, seeking either destruction or redemption from a prior tragedy in his life, all the while keeping a written diary of the sky and how it appears to him as he wends his way from situation to situation.
At times hilarious, but more frequently heart-wrenching, I quite enjoyed the emotional ride and would recommend the book to others.