The Sky Isn't Visible from Here

The Sky Isn't Visible from Here

A Memoir

By Felicia C. Sullivan

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061765322, 255pp.

Publication Date: April 2009


Days before Felicia Sullivan graduated from college, her mother disappeared; she hasn't been heard from in more than twelve years. It was possibly the last betrayal her mother, a beautiful, volatile, deceitful drug addict, would add to those that built their relationship, which subjected Felicia to a nightmare childhood on the toughest streets of 1980s Brooklyn. Growing up in the close company of dealers, users, and a host of unsavory characters, Felicia became her mother's keeper at a shockingly young age getting her to the hospital after her overdoses, enduring her cruelty and narcissistic rages, and accepting the abuse or indifference of numerous so-called stepfathers. Years later, damaged and ashamed of her past, Felicia invented a new, brutally hard-partying persona to show to the world: she became her mother.

Affecting, honest, and utterly extraordinary, The Sky Isn't Visible from Here is a book about secrets and forgiveness the story of a young woman unraveling . . . and then putting her life back together again.

About the Author
Felicia C. Sullivan is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA program. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best American Essays notable. Her work has appeared in the "Huffington Post, Swink, Post Road, Mississippi Review", and "Pindeldyboz" and in the anthologies "Homewrecker: An Atlas of Illicit Loves" and "Money Changes Everything", among others. Sullivan was the recipient of the 2005 Tin House memoir fellowship, and in 2001, she founded the critically acclaimed literary journal "Small Spiral Notebook". She lives in Brooklyn, New York.