Before Women Had Wings

Before Women Had Wings

Book - 1997
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My name is Avocet Abigail Jackson. But because Mama couldn't find anyone who thought Avocet was a fine name for a child, she called me Bird. Which is okay by me. She named both her children after birds, her logic being that if we were named for something with wings then maybe we'd be able to fly above the shit in our lives. . . .

So says Bird Jackson, the mesmerizing narrator of Connie May Fowler's vivid and brilliantly written,Before Women Had Wings.

Starstruck by a dime-store picture of Jesus, Bird fancies herself "His girlfriend" and embarks upon a spiritual quest for salvation, even as the chaos of her home life plunges her into a stony silence. In stark and honest language, she tells the tragic life of her father, a sweet-talking wanna-be country music star, tracks her older sister's perilous journey into womanhood, and witnesses her mother make a courageous and ultimately devastating decision.

Yet most profound is Bird's own story--her struggle to sift through the ashes of her parents' lives, her meeting with Miss Zora, a healer whose prayers over the bones of winged creatures are meant to guide their souls to heaven, and her will to make sense of a world where fear is more plentiful than hope, retribution more valued than love. . . .

"A thing of heart-rending beauty, a moving exploration of love and loss, violence and grief, forgiveness and redemption."
--Chicago Tribune

"There is no denying the depth of Connie May Fowler's talent and the breadth of her imagination."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Brilliant."
--The Boston Sunday Globe

Baker & Taylor
Avocet Abigail "Bird" Jackson embarks on a spiritual quest for salvation as she struggles to escape the chaos, fear, and turmoil of her parents' lives and make sense of a confusing and desperate world

Baker
& Taylor

Avocet Abigail "Bird" Jackson embarks on a spiritual quest for salvation as she struggles to escape the chaos, fear, and turmoil of her parents' lives and make sense of a confusing and desperate world. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1997
Edition: 1st. Ballantine bks. ed
ISBN: 9780449911440
0449911446
Characteristics: 267 p ; cm

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jbeckber
Jul 30, 2008

The usual Oprah Book Club misery! But told with a tongue in cheek homour that makes it endearing and funny at times.

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rtwete
Mar 20, 2011

Bird is abused young girl in South. Older sister also beaten by parents. Father beats mother, even at one point hiring someone to beat her more viciously than he can. Father commits suicide and mother and girls move to trailer park/motel where she works and continues abuse. Youngest girl meets kind black woman in park. At halfway point I skipped to end. No need to read last half of book to understand end, which was unrealistic.

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