An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
In this heart-wrenching novel inspired by true events, award-winning author Melanie Crowder sheds light on incarcerated families in South America—where injustice still darkens the minds and hearts of people—yet proves that hope can be found, even in the most desperate places. In Bolivia, Francisco’s life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family’s cramped home. But when his father gets sent to jail on the false charges of a corrupt system, Cisco’s mother leaves her family behind, and he and his sister are forced to move into the prison with their father. There they find a world unlike anything they’ve ever known, where everything—a door, a mattress, protection from other inmates—has a price. Francisco’s father urges him to take his sister and head up to the mountains, where his own parents still live the way their people have for centuries. But that would mean the end of school, the end of city living, and the end of Cisco’s hope for a future. Still, as prison life grows increasingly futile, and as Francisco learns more about the abuses and corruption within the Bolivian legal system in the late 1990s, he begins to wonder whether he really has a choice. Pulled between two equally undesirable options, Francisco feels more trapped than ever. Ultimately, he must decide: Break up his family and forfeit the education he’s dreamed of in exchange for a future outside the prison walls, or hold on to his loved ones and feed the system of corruption?