There’s no family quite like the Hayes, and yet they’re just like any other – they love each other, they look out for each other and they drive each other mad. When their youngest, Rabbit, dies tragically at just forty, the Hayes are almost torn apart by their grief. Without her beloved mum, twelve-year-old Bunny is adrift; without Rabbit, there can be no Bunny.
Her Granny is concerned when Bunny insists on being called by her real name, Juliet. Even surrounded by the noise and chaos of the Hayes, Juliet feels lost and alone. Meanwhile, Rabbit’s sister Grace has something else on her mind.
She’s got the gene that made her sister ill, and she hasn’t told anyone yet. All she can think about are the things she’s always wanted to do, like fly a plane or climb a mountain, or watch her four children grow up. She doesn’t know how to share the news that may break her family, but she knows she needs their support, now more than ever.
Despite squabbling over what Rabbit will wear at the wake and their dad burying himself in the past with his diaries, the Hayes family know there’s only one way they’ll get through this: together. This huge-hearted novel is about grief, family, the messiness of life and finding humour in the most unexpected of places. Below the Big Blue Sky will make you laugh, cry and fill you with joy.