While the Sun Is Above Us

While the Sun Is Above Us

While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary world of Sudan through the intertwined narratives of two women. In the midst of a bloody civil war, Adut is brutally captured and held as a slave for eight years. Sandra, fleeing her life in Canada, travels to South Sudan as an aid worker but soon finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a violent local conflict. When chance brings Adut and Sandra together in a brief but profound moment, their lives change forever.

In captivating prose, Melanie Schnell offers imaginative insight into the lives of innocents in a land at war, rendering horrific experiences with exquisite clarity. While The Sun Is Above Us explores the immense power of the imagination, the human desire for connection, and the endurance of hope.

“Schnell’s prose is transparent and true, and her voice is haunting, full of emotional clout. Hers are characters made of flesh and blood—they are brave, vulnerable, strong and, ultimately, alive with hope.”—Lisa Moore

”An urgent and powerful story about two women speaking to each other across every imaginable divide. This is a story that needs to be told!”—Buffy Cram, author of Radio Belly

Title:While the Sun Is Above Us
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781554810611
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    While the Sun Is Above Us Reviews

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    It's 2003, and Sandra is at a crossroads in her life. Having supported her husband, Graham, in his rock band her marriage fell apart when he started cheating on her with the new bass player, Peg. Then...

  • Pam Bustin

    YAY Melanie. It is beautiful and heart rending.Again, I am left speechless - wishing I would/could truly figure out a way to say something useful, insightful... I feel, lately, that my brain has turne...

  • Brooke Banks

    I won a copy of this book through a Goodread First Reads giveaway.I think I've said "wow" 15 times after finishing this book, trying to figure out how to write this review.When I saw this book on the ...

  • Leah

    This was a birthday gift from a friend (who is, apparently, the author's cousin) so it's one of those books I may never have heard of, let alone read, without friendly intervention. I'm glad it came a...

  • Lesley

    I enjoyed this book although found myself confused sometimes as there are really four narrative strands woven together - Sandra and Adut's stories, each at two different points in their lives. I felt ...

  • Cathie

    An amazing heart wrenching read that makes you grateful to be alive and sad for the lives that others are destined to live. Beautifully written, a masterpiece tale of 2 women, one from Canada and one ...

  • Tara

    While The Sun Is Above Us is one of those extraordinary books that transports the reader into the hearts of the characters. Melanie Schnell's life experience gives her first novel an authorititave acc...

  • April

    Excellent, This book took me into a world of war, prison, strength and pure survival. The book allows its reading to take a place at the table next to the woman that are struggling and vividly relive ...

  • Cathy Faye

    This was a great book. The timeline and mixed narratives were a little difficult at times, but I loved the characters and the story enough to keep at it. Had a hard time putting it down and would high...

  • Gisela

    I thought this was a terrific book. Well-written, haunting, eloquent, and very memorable. I was fascinated by the story of the brief, but critical, intersection of two very different lives in a countr...