“With literary chops and dramatic intensity, this heartbreaking story of a father’s love that defies all reason takes off on the first page and never touches down.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if By Sea
An epic, irresistible story about love, loss and finding hope—against all odds
Rob Coates can’t believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. Rob feels like he’s won the lottery of life. Or rather—he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something ailing Jack. After a series of doctor visits, the Coates family’s world becomes an abyss of uncertainty and confusing choices. For Rob, it’s not long before everything that matters to him is ripped away.
Now Rob sleepwalks through his days in a boozy tailspin of guilt, self-pity and crippling grief, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he’s determined to come to terms with what’s happened—and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.
We Own the Sky is a wise, tender and illuminating debut novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has ever suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt shows that the journey from hope to despair and back is never as simple as we think, and that even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.