Elephant in the Sky: A Novel
Heather A Clark
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A testament to the healing power of unconditional love.
Widely acclaimed for her emotionally powerful stories that capture the real lives of women, Heather A. Clark, bestselling author of Chai Tea Sunday, tackles the subject of childhood mental illness and the impact it has on a close family.
The story begins from nine-year-old Nate’s point of view, etching the details of an unbalanced mind struggling to make sense of rampant thought patterns and heightened paranoia. Enter Ashley, Nate's mother, and a hardworking advertising executive concerned that she’s not giving her family enough of her time — especially now that she senses something might be wrong with her son. As the story moves deftly back and forth between the two perspectives, the narrative converges to reveal one family's journey of discovery as they strive to find balance in their lives.
Based on a true story, Elephant in the Sky articulates a complicated, real-life subject with grace, wisdom and sensitivity, and beautifully explores the distance a mother will go to protect her child.
accountability during the daytime than at night, Brad could usually meet me for dinner when I was in town. “Hey you!” Brad greeted me with the wide, white smile our 119 female clients loved. As the maître d’ led me to him, Brad rose out of his chair to kiss both of my cheeks. He brought me in for his usual bear hug and, as he squeezed tight, the faint smell of his familiar cologne tickled my nose. “It’s so great to see you,” I said, laughing as Brad squeezed tighter. “And to be here, ﬁnally.
into mine. She hesitated slightly, but then signalled for me to follow her. She led me to the front of the line. “You can’t leave it this late . . . you’ll miss your ﬂight,” the employee scolded me. She shook her head as she handed me a bin to put my purse and shoes in. “I know . . . it’s my son. It’s an emergency. I just found out that I have to go home . . .” The woman shrugged her shoulders and waved me through nonchalantly, as if she’d heard this excuse a million times. When I got to the
become anxious to surround himself with a big family and lots of children. I wasn’t so ready to add to our brood. I had recently been promoted, and was thriving at work. I loved the challenges of my job, and wanted to keep climbing the AJ & Emerson creative ladder. Pete, on the other hand, seemed more content to ride the slower track at work. But even with him coasting in his career climb, we were still struggling to achieve balance at home. The demands of an advertising agency were intense, and
provided a clear view into the hallway, I watched them return to the nurse’s station. They spoke to Maya for a few moments, then disappeared into the elevator. Alone with Nate, I watched him sleep. My eyes were ﬁxated on him, as though I was mesmerized. With what seemed to be a gentle smile on his lips, he looked so peaceful. Like it could have been any of the normal days when I’d crept into his room to kiss him goodbye before rushing out the door to an early morning breakfast meeting. I pulled
eased. And I knew this was going to make his bosses very happy. Which always made him happy. “Is that all?” I asked. “Yep. Wanted you to be the ﬁrst to know. Go spread the news internally however you’d like. I’ll get the account team to write up an ofﬁcial press release.” I nodded, and left for my ofﬁce, one ﬂoor below. Jack had insisted I sit on the executive ﬂoor with him and the other C-level management team, but I had held my ground and told him I needed to sit on the same ﬂoor as the rest of