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Trade Paperback
432 pages
Mar 2010
Penguin Group/NAL

Hold Up the Sky

by Patricia Sprinkle

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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,

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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.