'A thoroughly engaging story of childhood, tragedy, and faith.'
The New York Times Book Review
A family, a stranger, a miracle ... A tale about a boy’s vision of the world beyond, and the blurry distinctions between the natural and supernatural.
Ort knows the sky is watching. And he knows all about watching, because he spends half the night listening at doors and peering through cracks. Especially since his dad’s accident. Everything at home is falling apart. His father’s withering away, his sister is consumed by rage and fear, his grandmother is losing it entirely and his mother is brave but no longer coping. And then, out of nowhere, a stranger appears at their door. Has he come to rescue Ort and his family, or is he just another problem?
Funny, poignant and original, and glowing with Winton’s trademark joy in the poetry of ordinary people, That Eye, the Sky is a story about the power and weight of love. It’s about hoping and believing, against all odds, that the world is alive and good, and that it can heal those it touches.
'The great strength of the novel is in the way the grotesque contrasts and parallels in human life are spread out, examined and accepted.'
Los Angeles Times
'Generous, earthy and raw ... Mysteries don't come more heartfelt than this.'