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Beneath The Greater Sky by Andrew Voelker begins on a seemingly hopeful note: Ryan going out for a jog after coming home, his pregnant wife Kathy due in five weeks, and him receiving a quilt his wife made for their child. But things go awry when their daughter dies from a twisted umbilical cord. Then everything spirals downward: their marriage suffers, and Ryan Quinn is wracked by despair. Devastated, he has nothing left except for the quilt he refuses to let go of. Eventually he sets out to deal with issues from the past, beginning with burying the quilt he has held on to for so long out in Wyoming, where his daughter was conceived. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Ryan unintentionally gets embroiled in a case that will make his life more complicated than it already is.
Reaching wisdom and finding our own truth is indeed always a gripping journey in itself, no matter the situation. And this is what Beneath the Greater Sky brings us. It is so aptly titled for Ryan’s experiences and especially for how it ends. The book takes us on an emotional roller coaster following the aftermath of a tragic life event – confusion, denial, anger and, ultimately, the emergence of the strength of human spirit. We end up rooting for him, as much as we root for our friends or ourselves as we go through life’s challenges. The author makes great use of situations as metaphors for our protagonist. This is a book purchase positively worth making.