Before Women Had Wings

Before Women Had Wings

Book - 1996
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Starstruck by a dime-store picture of Jesus, Avocet Abigail "Bird" Jackson 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, Bird tells the tragic tale 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. . . .
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1996
ISBN: 9780399141294
Call Number: F FowLer C
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 24 cm


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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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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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