We’re pleased to be hosting The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez today on the TBR and Beyond Book Tour! We’ll be introducing her latest book to you as well as sharing our thoughts and favorite quotes.
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About The Bluest Sky
A boy and his family must decide whether to remain in Cuba under a repressive government or risk everything for the chance of a new beginning in this gripping story from the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella.
There are two versions of Héctor: the public and the private. It’s the only way to survive in communist Cuba—especially when your father was exiled to the U.S. and labeled an enemy of the people. Héctor must always be seen as a fierce supporter of the regime, even if that means loudly rejecting the father he still loves.
But in the summer of 1980, those two versions are hard to keep separate. No longer able to suppress a public uprising, the Cuban government says it will open the port of Mariel to all who wish to leave the country—if they can find a boat. But choosing to leave comes with a price. Those who want to flee are denounced as traitors by family and friends. There are violent acts of repudiation, and no one knows if they will truly be allowed to leave the country or not.
So when Héctor’s mother announces that she wants the family to risk everything to go to the United States, he is torn. He misses his father, but Cuba is the only home he has ever known. All his dreams and plans require him to stay. Can he leave everything behind for an unknown future?
In a summer of heat and upheaval, danger and deadly consequences, Héctor’s two worlds are on a collision course. Will the impact destroy him and everything he loves?
Epic Book Society’s Thoughts…
Top 5 Favorite Quotes from The Bluest Sky
These are our top 5 favorite quotes from The Bluest Sky as we felt they represented the tone and theme of the book the best.
“Sometimes pretending to be someone else can make you forget who you really are.”Christina Diaz Gonzalez, The Bluest Sky
“It’s like the taxi drivers that used to be doctors. Everyone’s equally poor unless you get paid under the table for doing some sort of side hustle.”Christina Diaz Gonzalez, The Bluest Sky
“Even with so many people, I felt more alone than ever.”
“People are willing to risk everything to get out of here because they want to be free. ‘Cause who cares if your jailer gives you scraps to keep you alive… you’re still in jail. And we all deserve more.”Christina Diaz Gonzalez, The Bluest Sky
“Nothing was ever what it seemed. Nothing. There was the illusion and the reality. Even when it came to yourself.”Christina Diaz Gonzalez, The Bluest Sky
About Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Christina Diaz Gonzalez’s great-grandmother, great-uncle, and extended family came to the U.S. through the Mariel boatlift. She vividly remembers meeting them all for the first time in the summer of 1980 and is proud to share this part of her family’s history.
Christina Diaz Gonzalez is the Edgar® award-winning author of several books including The Red Umbrella, A Thunderous Whisper, Moving Target, Concealed, and two upcoming books, Invisible (a graphic novel available in August 2022) and The Bluest Sky (a historical fiction novel available in September 2022).
Her books have received numerous honors including the Florida Book Award, the Nebraska Book Award, and the International Latino Book Award.
Her work has also been designated as an American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection, and as an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice book. Christina currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, sons, and a dog that can open doors.
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