The Vanishing Sky is an intimate, harrowing story about a German family during World War II, inspired by L. Annette Binder’s own father’s time in the Hitler Youth. She reimagines the story of one German family’s efforts to navigate the insidious and shrouded realities of life during the last six months of the Third Reich, illuminating vital questions about grace, loss, and unconditional love.
L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. as a small child. She holds degrees in classics and law from Harvard, an MA in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MFA from the Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Her short fiction collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. She lives in New Hampshire.
"In her intimate and epic debut novel, L Annette Binder lifts the lid on one family's darkest story to offer vital insight into daily life under the last days of the Third Reich. The Vanishing Sky is a heartrending and blazingly lucid depiction of Nazi Germany as not a simple monolith of evil but as an oppressive, fanatical political regime that was encountered, accommodated, rejected, and survived by ordinary people, people just like you and me." --Miriam Toews, author of Women Talking
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For readers of Warlight and The Invisible Bridge, an intimate, harrowing story about a family of German citizens during World War II.
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