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Sparrow Migrations [Kindle Edition]

Cari Noga
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

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Book Description

January 15, 2009. Hudson River, New York City.
Robby Palmer, a 12-year-old boy with autism, witnesses the “Miracle on the Hudson” from a sightseeing ferry and becomes obsessed with the birds that caused the plane crash.
Passengers Deborah and Christopher are trying to escape their infertility struggle when Flight 1549 plunges them into the icy river.
Preacher’s wife Brett Stevens has hidden a secret for years. She’s aboard the ferry, too, where the eye of a TV camera threatens to expose her.
Their lives intersect in Sparrow Migrations, the braided narrative of ordinary people transformed by an extraordinary event — and by each other.
Sparrow Migrations was a semifinalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. In a review of contest manuscripts, Publishers Weekly said: “The plot lines are sophisticated, the characters intricately drawn, and the book has a remarkably strong voice… brimming with humanity and grace.”


Editorial Reviews

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"A poignant, robust novel that explores with refreshing honesty the ebbs and flows of family love, along with the tumultuous nature of fate." 
--ForeWord Reviews (5-star review)
"The plot lines are sophisticated, the characters intricately drawn, and the book has a remarkably strong voice... brimming with humanity and grace."
--Publishers Weekly ABNA reviewer 

From the Back Cover

Winner of ForeWord Reviews' spring 2013 ForeWord Firsts debut fiction competition, Sparrow Migrations was also a semifinalist (top 1 percent) in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

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  • File Size: 3083 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUA5GGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel March 21, 2013
Format:Paperback
Hard to believe this was a first novel! I was glued to this book the whole way through. The people's lives were intertwined artfully and expertly and I loved the way everything came together at the end. I'll be anxious to read more from this author.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! May 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is not at all what I thought it would be. It's complex and takes the reader through the perspective of multiple characters but does so seamlessly and effortlessly. I already know quite a bit about autism so those elements weren't a surprise to me but I did learn a lot about birding and I simply enjoyed the story. Great job!
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brace for Impact April 11, 2013
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Sparrow Migration is not just a story about a 13 year old autistic child, but it is about how people react when planes go down, when your child is autistic, when you are diagnosed with Huntington disease, when your wife after 20 years comes out of the closet to tell you she likes women. Brace for impact. Life is not what you expected, what you planned. And when all those things happen nobody needs to die. During those times of great difficulties every day people show up and make a difference in our life.Cari Noga with her quick braided narrative shows us how we are all interwined and how by caring for each other we keep hope alive and despair at
bay. The book reminded a bit of the Bridge of St Louis Rey. It gave me the same kind of hope for mankind.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 6, 2013
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Typically when I read a book, I end up reading through it faster and faster, paying less attention to details the further into it I get. But, with this one I found myself slowing down to enjoy and really savor the imagery created by the writer. This is a great story, wonderfully written, that captivated my imagination. I enjoyed the way the different characters were developed and had intertwining relationships. I'm really looking forward to more books by Cari Noga.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Characters April 18, 2013
By Erin M.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sparrow Migrations is the type of novel that readers will dwell on, days or perhaps weeks later. Three separate stories are told and weaved together in smart and interesting ways. The main characters -- a 12-year-old autistic boy, a woman in a long and loveless marriage coming out as a lesbian, and a childless couple struggling with fertility and a genetic marker -- are fully fleshed individuals who react to circumstances in very real and sometimes troubling ways.

Cari Noga carefully builds her tale and never sells her audience short. Her knowledge of birds and the birding community, which act as a backdrop, is impressive. This was a fun and easy read and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could put it down June 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great read I highly recommend this book anyone & everyone. It Captures your attention & makes you want to know what happens next.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Fascinating Story May 16, 2013
Format:Paperback
Sparrow Migration was both an enjoyable and thought provoking novel. I really enjoyed the story from such diverse perspectives. I connected to the characters immediately and did not want to put the book down. Ms. Noga artistically developed the character, Robby, so we could empathetically connect with him and gain insight into autism despite his own struggles with communications. Well done! I look forward to future books by Cari Noga.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow May 10, 2013
Format:Paperback
I was so impressed with the way Ms. Noga braided her characters into her story. She is an excellent storyteller. I have always enjoyed a book about multiple characters and store lines. But she has done one of the best jobs of entwining her characters into the story. Hope I see more work by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this story. I could hardly put it down.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Geese Did It—But It Wasn't Their Fault
This story provides a unique perspective on the forced landing of the airliner into the Hudson River a few years ago. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. M. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really interesting and insightful story!
Published 1 month ago by Andrea muladore
5.0 out of 5 stars the miracle on the Hudson..miraculously intertwined lives
A great fiction piece with lives intertwined by the plane crash of USAirways flight 1549...the miracle on the Hudson! Great insight into autism also!
Published 1 month ago by Leona
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot
I really liked this book and may even recommend it for my book group.
Published 1 month ago by S. Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Intricate plotting, great characters, interesting concept
A beautifully crafted and sensitively written book. The "Miracle on the Hudson" is just the jumping-off point for these three intertwined stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Isabella Q.
5.0 out of 5 stars real people, real lives
I fell in love with the characters as they struggled to live their lives. Being a native Michigander I was even more drawn into the lives of Robby and his family and the birds of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marie E. Woznicki-Likavec
5.0 out of 5 stars flies together
I loved the way she developed several different stories and tied them all back together. Very well written. Kept my interest throughout.
Published 2 months ago by D. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars An impact on the Hudson of an airplane leaves an impact on lives of...
What a fabulous book! It was absolutely not even close to what I expected, & it is a story I will ponder for a long time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gail McBrayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely balanced, well paced - read it all this morning
Way to take the basic details of a recent event and create a multi-dimensional story line only superficially related to the event. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marla A Burke
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More About the Author

Cari Noga is a writer, reader, mother, bicyclist and wine lover -- sometimes up to four out of the five all at once.
She grew up in metro Detroit and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1991. For 10 years she covered everything from politics to pigs and school boards to soybeans at daily newspapers in Illinois, Iowa and Michigan.
In 2001 she began a freelance career based in Traverse City, Michigan. Her first book, Road Bicycling: Michigan, a guidebook to bicycling in the state, was published by The Globe-Pequot Press in 2005. Her essay, "All The Comforts of Home," was selected for publication in Chicken Soup for the Wine Lovers Soul, published in 2007.
After aspiring to write fiction for many years, she wrote her first novel, Sparrow Migrations, as part of National Novel Writing Month in 2010. A tale of five characters connected by 2009's Miracle on the Hudson plane crash, Sparrow Migrations was a semifinalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest (top 1 percent). Publishers Weekly described the manuscript as "brimming with humanity and grace." Sparrow's protagonist, Robby Palmer, a 12-year-old boy with autism, and his parents, Sam and Linda, embody many experiences Cari and her husband have had as parents to a son with autism.
Cari lives in Traverse City with her husband and their two children. In her spare time she enjoys writing haiku on Twitter.

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