Before Women Had WingsBook - 1996
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. . . .
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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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