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Book Nook: The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder

The final interview we did on the program during 2020 was this one with L. Annette Binder. Back in the spring I had received an advance copy of this book from her publisher. I perused the blurbs and noticed that an author who I highly respect, Miriam Toevs, had praised the book. That got my attention. I set the book aside in my "I Had Better Read This" stack of books. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, that stack just gets larger all the time and I often fall behind in my reading. Then after a book has been out for a few months the probability that I'll read the book will diminish.

Late in the year I received a finished copy of the book. The publisher had not sent it to me-it was mailed by the author herself, L. Annette Binder. She signed the book. This kind gesture was a pleasant surprise. I looked at it and noticed once again the blurb from Miriam Toevs. That was when I realized that, hey, I was going to read this book months ago, and I had better do it now!

I had already completed my lists of my favorite fiction from 2020 when I began reading "The Vanishing Sky." As soon as I started diving in to this incredible novel I realized that this book had deserved to be on my list. But it was too late, I had already published that column in the newspaper.

This magnificent story takes place during the final months of WWII and most of the action takes place in a small town in Germany. That's all I'm going to say. Read the book, then thank me like I thanked the author for turning me on to it.

After the interview Annette sent me the most beautiful thank you note. I hope to have her on the program again. She possesses an awesome talent.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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