- File Size: 705 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Wayman Publishing (November 18, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006FD16DQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Golden Sky Kindle Edition
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I take this stance because a major theme in this work of non-fiction is that life is not fair and life can be very difficult, and it takes hard work and maturity to get through those tough times.
This book is the journal that E. C. Stilson (Elisa) kept as a young woman. When she was 19 years old, Elisa and her husband Cade had a very young daughter, and Elisa was pregnant. Sadly, their son Zeke had medical problems that resulted in his death. For a time, Elisa and Cade were separated as each sought different methods of dealing with their agony.
It's raw and real. I felt I was with Elisa every step of the way. I must say that if I had been a friend of Elisa's during the time that Cade went off to join a band and smoke pot, I think I would have bitch slapped him but good. That's how strong my feelings were as I read.
I think the sweetest part of the book is when little daughter Ruby wants a helium balloon and then to Elisa's dismay, lets go of the balloon immediately after they leave the store. Ruby then explains in toddlerese that she is sending the balloon to Zeke because they don't have balloons in Heaven. God bless you, Ruby.
Just in case you don't know their story or are not a follower of The Crazy Life of a Writing Mom (Elisa's blog, which you should be following), I'm not going to tell you what happens between Elisa and Cade after they suffer this heartbreaking loss. Read the book so Elisa herself can tell you what happened. Although the death of a child is unimaginable, in the spirit of the poet as "namer" and "sayer," Elisa is able to put these events into words so we have a better idea, a better understanding, of death and bonding and estrangement.
The Golden Sky is a must read.
Forced to mature beyond her own young years of nineteen, Elisa writes honestly and from her soul. Often sad, frequently funny, always poignant. One cannot read The Golden Sky and not feel being a part of Elisa's world, and, through the good and bad, the laughter and tears, be happy for the gift.
Elisa writes that people, even strangers, seem to gravitate toward her with love and friendship, yet she seems at a loss to understand why. It's really quite simple. To answer that question, using some of Elisa's own words to do it properly: She is a "hella" nice person, with a heart "as big as Milwaukie."
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a heart.
- S.B. Weissman (author of Bountiful Creek)
Elisa is a young mother to a little girl and wife to her first true love.
She loves her life and her family and is estastic when she finds out that she is pregnant again, with a little boy this time.
However, she gets the devasting news that her son has several defects and may not survive.
Elisa refuses to give up hope and does everything she possibly can to ensure that her son is born and can have a good life.
The odds are stacked against her but when her son, Zeke, is finally born, things seem to have not been as bad as once thought.
Elisa, her family, friends and even some of the hospital staff rally around her and this precious little boy trying so hard to survive and beat the odds.
In the end, the worst eventually happens, her nightmares become reality and she is forced to let her little boy go.
I've often said that it takes a lot of courage for someone to write a book and put it out there for the world to see.
It takes an infinte amount of courage for someone to write a book about the most devasting part of their life and put it out there.
Elisa does this flawlessly.
The Golden Sky is a very real and raw look into her life, the emotions she felt and the tragedy that took place.
I don't want to say that I felt the heartbreak that she did when reading her book because obviously, I haven't because I have not lost a child.
But, I did feel my own heartbreak.
The Golden sky affected me emotionally and physcially.
Before I knew what I was happening, I would find myself crying or sick to my stomach over the anguish she had to endure.
Even though I knew what the outcome would be, I found myself praying that little Zeke would live and cried when he didn't.
Her writing shook me to my core and still resonates within my soul.
This book is so incredibly well written that by the end of it, I felt closer to Elisa, like she were a long lost friend.
I wanted to email her or call her just to "shoot the bull".
I recommend this novel for everyone to read.
If you have lost a child or are close to someone who has, The Golden Sky is a must read.
If you are a parent who has been blessed enough to have not lost a child, read this book.
It will make those squabbles, fights and irritation seem petty.
You will give in, give your child that extra cookie, let them stay up a little longer and you will definitely hold them a little longer and a little tighter.
The Golden Sky is a book that will stay with me always.....
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Wonderful debut work. This made me laugh and cry, I am touched beyond words.