Same Sun Here

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ISBN-13: 978-0763664510

By Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Told through a series of letters, Same Sun Here is about a pair of young pen pals whose lives appear completely different on paper, yet find in each other compassion and a common spirit. Meena Joshi is an Indian immigrant living with her parents and brother in a tiny apartment in New York City. Having spent the majority of her childhood in India with her grandmother while her parents worked in America until they had enough money to bring her over as well, Meena struggles to find acceptance in her new country culture. River Dean Justice lives in an old coal mining town in Kentucky. He was also raised predominantly by his grandmother, as the need for work sent his father far away, and his mother was crippled by migraines. When a new mining company comes to town with a proposal for Mountain Top Removal, a dangerous process that would literally blast the top off a nearby mountain to expose fresh coal seams, River’s town is torn in half between those who support the project for its job creation and those who staunchly oppose it for its inherent dangers. But the dramatic backdrops of these characters lives, though in themselves are fascinating, play second string to the real crux of the story: the heart-felt bond that develops between the two as they share their stories. At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others tearful, Same Sun Here is a triumphant work about overcoming distances both physical and personal.
Paperback: 304 pages ISBN: 978-0763664510