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Before Women Had Wings
by Connie May Fowler

Published: 1999-03-01
Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
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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 ...
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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. . . .

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Can you even imagine the life these two girls led? Will they break the cycle?
Do you think Bird's mother recuperates? Why or why not?
by litimberlake (see profile) 07/09/10

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  "Excellent read for women."by litimberlake (see profile) 07/09/10

This book reminds us that in the 60's battered women had no place to turn. The book is about a girl called Bird who goes through life with alcoholic parents who beat her and her sister. When... (read more)

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