The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder

The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder hit the shelf on 9th June 2020. The book is about an ordinary family shattered by a war they didn’t want. Set in the backdrop of World War II, the novel as seen through a German lens, a story of the irreparable damage of the war on the home front, and one family’s participation-involuntary, unseen, or direct-in a dangerous regime. The book has been published by Bloomsbury and is available as a e-book as well. 

You can read more about the book here:

The Times They’ve wrecked the world, these men, and still, they’re not done. They’d take the sky if they could. Germany, 1945, and the bombs are falling. In Heidenfeld, Etta and her husband Josef roam an empty nest: their eldest son Max is fighting on the frontlines, while fifteen-year-old Georg has swapped books for guns at a Nurnberg school for the Hitler Youth.

At home, news of the war provokes daily doses of fear as the planes grow closer, taking one city after the next. When Max is unexpectedly discharged, Etta is relieved to have her eldest home and safe. But soon after he arrives, it’s clear that the boy who left is not the same returned. With Georg a hundred miles away and a husband confronting his own difficult feelings toward patriotic duty, Etta alone must gather the pieces of a splintering family, determined to hold them together in the face of an uncertain future.

About the Author

L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and moved to the US as a child. Her short fiction collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and her fiction has also appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among others. The Vanishing Sky is her first novel and is inspired by her family’s experience in Second World War Germany. She lives in New England.

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