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It’s Heather’s ability to recreate familiar yet incredibly complex emotions with her words — to feel Ashley’s absolute, overwhelming, desperate love for her son — that makes Elephant in the Sky impossible to put down. You’ll lie awake needing to know if her broken family finds their way.

— Karine Ewart, editor-in-chief of Chatelaine


When nine-year-old Nate Carter disappears into a world of his own making, fault lines appear in his once-happy family. As his parents and sister adjust to a new and troubling reality, they are forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about themselves and their future together. Heather A. Clark’s wonderful novel, Elephant in the Sky, is a brave and unflinching portrait of childhood mental illness, a meditation on what it means to be a family, and a testament to the healing power of unconditional love.

— Kate Hilton, bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle


As a working mother of two, I completely identified with Ashley’s constant juggling act which so many of us call “life.” Clark carefully embeds this life/work balance theme in Elephant in the Sky to illustrate how quickly life can go off-kilter. An insightful read that truly hit home.

— Carolyn MacKenzie, anchor, Global News Hour Final


Clark writes with grace and compassion as she explores the inner worlds of a mother and her son whose mental illness comes to light. You cannot help but fall in love and root for both Ashley and Nate as they navigate and confront mental illness head on. An inspiring book about confronting your fears, and the power of love.

— Penny Hicks, publisher of Maclean’s


Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Elephant in the Sky had me riveted. Clark has done it again, bringing her keen powers of observation to bear on another unique and captivating story. Her ability to capture the voice of both mother and child is impressive and, more importantly, believable. I had a hard time putting this book down, and it stayed with me long after I had read the last sentence.

— Chantel Guertin, bestselling author of Stuck in Downward Dog and The Rule of Thirds


This book is startling in its raw truth while heart-warming in conveying love and family bonding. Clark is brilliant in telling a story while making it so real we believe every note of it. This is not a tear-jerker of a story. It has substance and solid writing behind it. It's one of the best I've read on the subject of childhood mental illness since Clark doesn't choose to make us pity the boy...just love and respect him.

— The Bookish Dame, Book Blogger



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.



Explore the true resilience of the heart – and one woman’s determination to find hope in a world fraught with adversity.

Thirtysomething Nicky Fowler has it all — a rewarding career, a loving husband and the perfect home. But when she and her husband suffer a complicated tragedy, the strain of two people dealing with an impossible situation in different ways breaks up their marriage.

Emotionally lost, Nicky travels to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage. Amidst the violence and abject poverty, Nicky discovers the one thing that keeps Kenyans moving forward: hope. Over steaming mugs of chai, the country’s signature drink, Nicky opens up to her host mother, Mama Bu, and finds understanding, love and strength. And with that strength, Nicky realizes what she needs to do to save the endangered children she’s grown to love.

Based on a true story, Chai Tea Sunday is a glorious portrayal of the power of the human spirit.

Chai Tea Sunday and Elephant in the Sky are available at bookstores across the country, including Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and Target.