How Much Big Is the Sky

A Memoir of a Mother's Love and Unfathomable Loss

Non-Fiction - Memoir
310 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2020
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Author Biography

Sherry Chapman became an advocate for safe teen driving following the death of her nineteen-year-old son Ryan resulting from a car crash. She received national recognition in 2014 from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in Washington, D.C. as a Highway Safety Hero for her contributions to saving lives, preventing injuries and making roads safer. In 2017, Sherry was named as Connecticut’s Safety Champion in recognition of her years of exceptional advocacy and leadership on teen driving issues.

Sherry currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, one dog, two cats, and a menagerie of less domesticated animals who call the Chapman property their home, including a friendly family of skunks.

Sherry is busy working on her next book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

How Much Big Is The Sky: A Memoir of a Mother’s Love and Unfathomable Loss is a work of non-fiction telling the true-life tale of a mother’s grief at losing her son, and was penned by author Sherry Chapman. Unmasking the raw emotional experience of sudden tragic news and the agonizing process of grief that follows with the loss of a child, Chapman’s fearless and inspiring account takes readers through every stage with a full heart and immersive narration. There is a clear message against drunk driving and strong advocacy for making changes to the law after Ryan’s passing, which also gives this memoir its strong social activism themes.

Author Sherry Chapman writes with literary confidence that makes readers feel as though they are in safe hands, even through the darkest and most emotionally precarious moments of this hard-hitting reading experience. Readers who have experienced similar sudden tragedies are certain to take heart and support when reading Chapman’s account, and for those lucky enough to be ignorant of the experience, it’s a true window into the soul and psyche that, once read, cannot ever be forgotten again. The advocacy for safe teen driving raises an important educational message too, and there are some extremely powerful images of Sherry at different stages of her grief which would make for superb talking points for schools and youth groups everywhere. Overall, How Much Big Is The Sky: A Memoir of a Mother’s Love and Unfathomable Loss is an incredible and highly emotive work of memoir that is sure to touch the heart of anyone that reads it.