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Drink the Sky

The Austens—Todd, Holly and their two sons—have moved to Rio de Janeiro for two years. A committed environmentalist, Todd finds himself more often leading groups of celebrities on tours of the Amazon than fighting for its preservation. A visual artist, Holly is lost in her new home. Like Todd, she has always meant to be a good person. But as one of the celebrities tempts her into an affair, she’s in danger of losing track of what that means.

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The Austens—Todd, Holly and their two sons—have moved to Rio de Janeiro for two years. A committed environmentalist, Todd finds himself more often leading groups of celebrities and academics on tours of the Amazon than working on its preservation. Yet all this changes when he catches a mining conglomerate in a sinister land grab, and discovers to his horror that a native tribe has disappeared.

Back in Rio, Holly—a frustrated visual artist—is on a reconnaissance mission of her own. In a city of lush tropical excess, she hopes to reclaim not only her art, but her self of self, battered by the demands of marriage and motherhood.

Both are driven by very modern obsessions and a timeless passion for risk. As Todd pursues a vanished people through the Amazon, Holly abandons herself to emotional impulse, courting a lover and testing the dark limits of her imagination. As their marriage disintegrates, they enter a downward spiral of temptation and peril. In Brazil, a place they don’t understand, they are surrounded by friends they only think they know, and the treacherous physical and emotional terrain threatens to swallow them and their children whole.

Drink the Sky asks hard questions about the nature of our responsibilities to those we love and to ourselves, about the schism between private and public values, and the sometimes dire personal cost of attaining our ideals.


Drink the Sky Reviews

londonfreepress

In an unusual page-turner which sets North American arrogance against the lurking dangers of an untried, exotic environment, Toronto writer Lesley Krueger challenges modern assumptions….With tight control of her material and a skilful handling of mounting suspense, Krueger turns Drink the Sky into a thriller of admirable precision, an original and provocative novel of ideas… The finished tapestry, exciting, colourful and finely fashioned, makes Drink the Sky a polished second novel from one of the country’s most promising young writers.

Drink the Sky ~ Nancy Schiefer ~ The London Free Press