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The Feathered Bone Paperback – January 26, 2016
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4 1/2 stars. 'Deeply emotional, moving and full of amazing imagery, Cantrell’s latest is a triumph. Although some of the pain on the pages is incredibly difficult to read, this novel is stunning in its ability to convey the different meanings of slavery and being trapped in untenable circumstances. The ending is healing; this is a book to be savored and pondered.' (RT Book Reviews)
About the Author
Julie Cantrell is an award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novelist whose work focuses on relationships, resilience, and faith. As a writer, speaker, TEDx presenter, and teacher, she aims to build empathy and connection while inspiring others to live their best life.
Julie served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has received the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship as well as the Rivendell Writer’s Colony Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship.
A certified speech-language pathologist (SLP), Julie is a literacy advocate who previously served on the board of her local literacy council. Dedicated to helping children overcome social, academic, and communication challenges, Julie has filled various gaps when called to serve her local public school system as an SLP, a reading interventionist, an ELL tutor, and a special education sub.
Julie also spent six years operating her family’s sustainable farm where she tended organic crops while caring for a wide variety of furry and feathered friends. She is a certified naturalist who enjoys exploring this beautiful world. Additionally, she has operated a freelance writing business for almost twenty years.
Today, Julie writes fulltime from her home in Oxford, Mississippi. Perennials is her fourth novel.
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The story is well written and the characters come alive. So much so, that I was an emotional mess throughout. Such difficult topics to cover, yet more important than most people realize. As tough as it was to read about Sarah and Ellie I pray that others will be made aware of how this secret world affects so many.
It was interesting the way the author told the tale from two different points of view. Amanda, Ellie's mother and chaperone for the field trip, and Sarah, Ellie's best friend.
Julie Cantrell does an excellent job of weaving a heart wrenching story with believable characters. There is so much pain, loss, and devastation yet in with the mix is healing and forgiveness.
I highly recommend The Feathered Bone to everyone. It is not your typical feel-good story, but nonetheless, an extremely important read. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy. You will need them.
There will be some tears, and I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be thinking about these characters for days. For me personally, I was most challenged by Sarah. How would I handle such circumstances? Would I hold strongly to my faith, or give up?
I appreciated the way that the author was able to convey the awfulness of the situations without getting into unnecessarily graphic details
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