SKY BLUE

Travis Thrasher

Colin Scott reads people for a living. They bare their souls on paper, and he sells them to the highest bidder. His work as a top literary agent representing big name authors has turned his youthful ambitions into everything he ever wanted.

But Colin’s passion for molding new writers into proven talent has somehow become aggravating and routine. On top of this mounting cynicism and professional monotony, Colin and his wife are trying desperately to have a baby.

Every decision he has ever made now has a question mark after it. And his usually clear-cut motivations are leading toward a nervous breakdown.

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Colin Scott reads people for a living. They bare their souls on paper, and he sells them to the highest bidder. His work as a top literary agent representing big name authors has turned his youthful ambitions into everything he ever wanted.

But Colin’s passion for molding new writers into proven talent has somehow become aggravating and routine. On top of this mounting cynicism and professional monotony, Colin and his wife are trying desperately to have a baby.

Every decision he has ever made now has a question mark after it. And his usually clear-cut motivations are leading toward a nervous breakdown.

And then, on a much-needed escape to Cancun, tragedy strikes. Colin’s life is changed forever.

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  • Moody Publishers
  • Paperback
  • July 2007
  • 384 Pages
  • 9780802486684

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About Travis Thrasher

Travis Thrasher is the author of seven novels, including Blinded, Admission, Gun Lake, and The Second Thief. He spent much of his youth living with his family in Australia, Germany, New York, Florida, and North Carolina. He now lives with his wife and baby daughter in suburban Chicago.

Praise

“I do not want to call Sky Blue a mystery, but it is mysterious. I do not want to call it a thriller, but it is thrilling. It is a contemporary tale with a supernatural feel. It is powerful and impacting. Thrasher has done it again.” The Library Review

“Few books have the power to suck me in as deeply as this one did. For a time, I felt I almost became Colin, so deep was the connection. And even that says more than perhaps I should say. Highly Recommended.” —ChristianFictionReview.com

Sky Blue is a great book and I recommend it highly. Sorrow and Grace will fill your heart, but in the end, you too will be cheering for Colin Scott.” —OnceUponARomance.net

Discussion Questions

What is the significance of the title? What feelings and emotions does it conjure up?

What’s the general view of the publishing industry presented in this book? Does it change from the beginning to the end? Does this depiction surprise you?

One element to this novel is the tension being presented in publishing: the business of making money and the act of creating art. How does that play out in the novel?

Colin and Jen have a complicated relationship. What happens to destroy it? What could have happened to change it?

The chapter, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” shifts the story in a whole other direction. Did this chapter surprise you? Did it make you angry or sad?

What is the significance of the chapter titles, and does this add to the overall experience of the novel?

Which one of these emotions does Colin experience: denial or grief?

Is Colin going crazy or is he actually experiencing everything that happens to him after Cancun?

How would this story have changed had it been written in third person verses Colin’s point of view? Is Colin an unreliable narrator?

Colin prays twice in the novel. Are those prayers answered, and if so, how?

Were you surprised at the twist? Did you see it coming? What is your explanation of what happened?

What’s the overall theme to Sky Blue?