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Before Women Had Wings (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – April 22, 1997
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This book had me captivated from the very beginning. The characters were so rich and full of life, and Ms. Fowler's descriptions were so very humanistic -- she generates feelings within the reader and paints her canvas full of elaborate descriptions full of texture.
A story about a darling six-year-old girl named Avocet Abigail Jackson, who is mainly called by the nickname "Bird", this story pulls at your hearstrings. It's about this six-year-old dealing with an abusive mother who, not only has a drinking problem, but has a tongue of steel. Added to this dysfunctional family is a loving, but equally alcohol-obsessed father (who later commits suicide), a warm, but absent brother (who flew the coop when he could and came back to visit later), and a coming-of-age older sister.
Bird tries to sift through where she belongs in this world when her mother packs the two girls to a trailer home, where Bird meets Miss Zora, a highly spiritual soul who is a healer.
Bird is one of the most charming young female characters I have come across in a long time. You not only feel for her, but for her sister, Phoebe and brother, Hank, as well. As for Mom (Glory Marie) and Pop (Billy), they were indeed lost souls. Billy was a well-meaning man and father, but just so lost. As for Glory Marie, she was so easy to dislike, but as her soul unraveled towards the end of the story, you hoped for her sake, as well as for her children's, that she would find her way.Read more ›
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i remember seeing the movie which was really good the book is even better i've loaned this book out and didn't get it back in my collection so I bought it again cause it was so... Read morePublished 3 months ago by darlene kelly
I put this book up with my top 5 books I've ever read. READ this book!Published 4 months ago by Kim
This is a story of a very dysfunctional family so it is disturbing. I won't spoil the ending but I found it to be implausible.Published 9 months ago by Lee Farrow
I thought the author was great UNTIL....toward the end a motorcyclist that looked like a hell's angel member that was a deep thinker was introduced into the story and I thought... Read morePublished 14 months ago by rosyjosie
This is a total rip off! I bought this thinking it was the book written by Connie May Fowler and of course it was not. Shame on you! If I could give it a minus star count I would! Read morePublished 18 months ago by SanScram
Dark, sad, painful story with a bird theme. Don't let the Oprah movie or critic's award be a recommendation -- this is not a beach read or late night pageturner. Read morePublished 19 months ago by OneCent
Compelling and insightful story. Finally got to this book after accidentally ordering another of the same name. This is the one to read!Published 20 months ago by CP