Running for Water and Sky

A Novel

2016 USA Best Book Awards: Cross Genre Fiction, Finalist

“Sandra Kring’s characters are at once unique and familiar, vulnerable and troubling, ordinary and exquisite. We fall in love with them from the beginning, and end with a new measure of mercy for ourselves and those around us.”
―Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Water For Elephants

They say that right before you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. But what they don’t say is that the same thing can happen when your soul mate is dying.

After spending most of her 17 years being shuffled between families that don’t want her, Bless Adler has no intention of opening her heart to anyone. And then she falls in love with Liam Reid.

The closer Bless lets Liam get, the more fearful she becomes. Then her new friend, Maylee, convinces her to go see a local psychic―and the woman’s glimpse into the future is anything but reassuring: Bless’s absent father, drunk and bitter. A frantic crowd gathered at the beach. Liam lying in a pool of blood, a gun at his side.

Now Bless has 14 blocks to reach Liam on the shores of Lake Michigan. If he’s still alive, she’ll beg for him to fight for his life. If he’s not, she’ll say good-bye to the first person who made her want to fight for her own. Edgy, intense, and emotional, Running for Water and Sky is a story of the elation and angst that comes with love, and the challenge of learning to trust when betrayal is all you’ve ever known.

Author: Sandra Kring

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

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2016 USA Best Book Awards: Cross Genre Fiction, Finalist

“Sandra Kring’s characters are at once unique and familiar, vulnerable and troubling, ordinary and exquisite. We fall in love with them from the beginning, and end with a new measure of mercy for ourselves and those around us.”
―Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Water For Elephants

“Richly realized storytelling, setting, and detailed characters paint a vivid picture of Bless’ experiences in Nebraska . . . a sustained melodrama with no letdown from an intense plotline . . . to satisfy many readers.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Kring has created a powerful story that proves while we may have a past that has shown us anything but love, it can be the same past that teaches what love really means.”
―Jessica Stevens, author of Within Reach

About the Author

Sandra Kring is the author of five novels, including bestseller The Book of Bright Ideas, which was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list in 2007. Her novel Carry Me Home was a Book Sense Notable Pick and Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award nominee. She lives in Northern Wisconsin with her high school sweetheart; they have three grown children. Writing is her greatest passion, but she also loves reading, music, and movies. Running for Water and Sky is her first YA novel.

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