When The Sky Was No Longer Blue

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FriesenPress, Sep 1, 2020 - Fiction - 236 pages
A work of fiction drawn from true events, When the Sky Was No Longer Blue is a shattering account of three generations' response to one of humanity’s most devastating crimes, a tale of unspeakable terror that culminates in a universal message and an important call for prevention.
The past bleeds into the present for Jeet, a survivor of a brutal genocide who, decades later, is still tormented by it regularly. It is a past from which injustice still bellows, a past in which human rights and humanity were deeply buried, a past more terrible than most of us could contemplate. Through her enduring nightmares and memories, we embark on a journey of survival with Jeet, who is now a grandmother spending the summer with her beloved grandchildren, Rinny and Raj. Over its course, the teenagers come face to face with their grandmother’s truth and the family history she’s kept hidden from them. Jeet decides to share her experience only after much tortured contemplation, shedding her long-held conviction that shielding future generations from the cruelty was best. With this choice, Jeet reconciles with her past, and Rinny and Raj help her to heal. Along the way, they delve into the topic of genocides and preventing mass atrocities against humanity.
 

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A review coming from a very picky reader. I would highly recommend this book. The social messaging in this book is very important. This book should be read in schools and libraries should carry it. Growing up I would have loved to read this book in High School. We all can make a positive difference in the world to make it a better place for everyone. For all of humanity. I liked the way the past was integrated into the present. There is symbolism behind the title: When The Sky Was No Longer Blue. Read it to find out. Need a sequel to know what happened to the characters. Characters are very relatable. 

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This story resonates the pain of a lot of people / survivors that went through genocides / war. This book kept me engaged and it connected me emotionally with all the characters. Writing is so crisp and to the point 👌 Jeet's character taught me resilience and optimistism. She taught me however tough one's path is, we shouldn't give up and quit so easily. How hatred shouldn't be an option either. Whatever happened with Jeet didn't make her bitter towards anyone , be it a particular community or ethnicity. This book will help a lot of readers to get over any kind of trauma and understand the importance of family in your life that can help in your healing process.
Author seems to be a food lover as I have never craved for Naans and Kheer after reading a book :;
It's a heart-touching sweet story of a family . It made me angry at a lot of places , however cheered me up with a lot of love and affection that everyone had for each other, despite what the family had experienced. ❤ i finished this book in 2 days and it was really difficult to put it down. Highly recommended.
 

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PREFACE
1
CHAPTER 1
3
CHAPTER 2
21
CHAPTER 3
37
CHAPTER 4
51
CHAPTER 5
65
CHAPTER 6
87
CHAPTER 7
109
CHAPTER 8
129
CHAPTER 9
149
CHAPTER 10
171
CHAPTER 11
185
CHAPTER 12
205
CHAPTER 13
221
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H. Kaur lives with her family in Toronto. Born and raised in England, she immigrated to Canada and completed a B.A. (Hons) with a Distinction in History and Political Science at the University of Toronto. As an undergraduate student, she learned about various devastating acts of genocide. Also as a teenager, she read Anne Frank’s diary and pondered how people become apathetic to human rights, devoid of compassion, empathy and humanity. She has often wondered why society throughout history, did not prevent or stop mass atrocities from occurring again, and again.
The genocide that inspired the author to write When the Sky Was No Longer Blue took place in the 1980s. The book is the product of interviews with people who knew of survivors and their stories, and of written testimonies about what the survivors endured. Seeing a rise in hate globally, she felt it was time to share this story and showcase how we all can learn from history.

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