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L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States as a small child. The Vanishing Sky, her first novel, is inspired by events from her family history.

Her father was required to serve in the Hitler Youth. Family lore has it he ran away from his post near the end of the war and tried to reach his grandmother's house.

Annette's father died when she was sixteen, and writing The Vanishing Sky gave her the chance to imagine the stories he didn't get to tell her.

Annette holds degrees from Harvard, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She has an MFA from the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Her story collection Rise (Sarabande 2012) received the Mary McCarthy Prize and her stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the O. Henry Prize Anthology and Public Radio's Selected Shorts. She lives in New England with her husband and daughter.

The Vanishing Sky

288 pages, $27, hardcover

July 21, 2020 (US), June 11, 2020 (UK)

ISBN: 9781635574678

In 1945, as the war in Germany nears its violent end, the Huber family remains in its grip. Etta, a mother from a small town, struggles to kep her family together.

Etta's older son Max has come home from the front suffering from a mental breakdown. Etta strives to hide Max's condition from the authorities, even as her husband Josef becomes more nationalistic and intent on protecting Germany from invasion.

Meanwhile, miles away, Etta's gentle younger son Georg takes his fate into his own hands, deserting his young class of battle-bound soldiers to embark on a perilous journey home. 

representation -- Claudia Ballard, William Morris Endeavor

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publicist (US) -- Emily Fisher, Bloomsbury

publicist (UK) -- Emilie Chambeyron, Bloomsbury UK

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Praise for The Vanishing Sky

"A masterful story of war, horror and love." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A fresh take on the madness of war." -- Publishers Weekly

"A heartrending and blazingly lucid depiction of Nazi Germany."  -- Miriam Toews, author of Women Talking

"A hugely ambitious novel whose consummate, patient artistry is moving beyond measure." -- Matthew Thomas, New York Times best-selling author of We Are Not Ourselves

"This is a story -- in all its rich layers -- that dazzles, breaks your heart, clutches you, and gets you back up again."  --Paul Yoon, author of Run Me To Earth