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This Jordanian American author writes about food so enticingly that her books should be published on sheets of phyllo dough. Birds of Paradise contains her most mouthwatering writing ever, but it’s no light after-dinner treat. This is a full-course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at her table. (Ron Charles - The Washington Post)
The Muirs’ absorbing story builds to a thoroughly satisfying climax. (Sue Corbett - People Magazine)
The novel itself swells with life and style, with the stark contrast of the delicacy of fancy pastries and the down and dirty life on the beach. (Alan Cheuse, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. - NPR, All Things Considered)
Diana Abu-Jaber’s gorgeous novel explores the ways a modern family can break down and be reborn. She writes with a precise, almost poetic distillation of feeling, heightened in contrast to the ripe, exuberant landscape and the unsettled feelings of a family in limbo. (Amy Driscoll - Miami Herald)
With Birds of Paradise, Abu-Jaber has made an amazing, gigantic leap into rare air, that hazy stratosphere we jokingly call The Big Time. Her novel is that worthy, and that beautiful. (Christine Selk - The Oregonian)
Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of four novels, including Crescent, and a previous memoir, The Language of Baklava. She and her family divide time between Miami, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.
People did not like this book. However this is the first Abu-Jaber book I have read and although at first the people seemed annoying, the more I delved into the book the more I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by louise
This book examines a family that has unraveled - mom and dad are living alone in a home, their adult son living a completely separate life from them (for example, the parents have... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jonathan Robbins
I listened to this on cd's from the library. I sometimes struggle with this format as my mind gets occupied with driving and I miss a minute and have to go back and listen to the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by go bucks
Great read, you could feel allot of the families emotion, pain, and sense of loss however, a young girl on her own that many years to romanticized, it had to be much tougher, hard,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda L. Baral
Loved the south Florida setting and the glimpse into the darker side of the South Beach scene. Enjoyed the baking sections, their lyrical description. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bonnie Flynn
Diana Abu-Jaber's novel Birds of Paradise is a gut-wrenching family drama set against the backdrop of the tropical suburbs that surround Miami. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karen Lea Hansen
I thought this was a good book to think and talk about with my book group. Will recc. It to othersPublished on September 2, 2013 by mkline
I think why I didn't care for it that much was because I never felt anything for the characters. The daughter leaving home, it made no sense to me why she would. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Kathleen Steele
You might become exasperated by one of the characters in this story, but it's a captivating read by a great story-teller.Published on August 24, 2013 by Barbara L. Johns