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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Connie May Fowler Narrator: Connie May Fowler Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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If only 9-year-old Bird Jackson could fly away from her life of poverty and abuse, in which violence and despair seem to overwhelm hope and love. Instead young Bird must face her struggles and limitations. How to overcome them becomes clearer when she meets Miss Zora, a mysterious and kindly black healer whose prayers over the bones of winged creatures are meant to guide their souls to heaven. Miss Zora's wisdom sheds light on Bird's world, facilitating her journey of self-discovery and allowing her to meet the challenge of her name. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tejasballard | 2/15/2014

    " Recommended by an independent book store owner in Florida when I suggested I was looking for something similar to Secret Life of Bees. I thought this was better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 2/11/2014

    " Engrossing, quirky and clever, disturbing and lovely all at the same time. Loved the characters ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deena Samhammer | 2/6/2014

    " I read this when I was in college - I went through an Oprah's Book Club faze. This was an interesting one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/3/2014

    " An interesting book about strong, yet flawed characters. Sometimes doing the right thing can be the hardest thing to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Trauzzi | 1/26/2014

    " I really really dislike stories about abuse. I've very lucky to have been sheltered from that. I grew up in a warm and loving family besides of course the sibling beatings you just have to take :P While this novel isn't as bad as others I have read, it just makes me ill. The scene where she takes the brush to her daughter was the worst for me. Every comment she made about how evil her daughters were and how it would be better if they were never born made me weep. How could you say that to your own flesh and blood!? Then to put them through the other emotional abuse of her drinking and making the youngest sit with her. Oh. AH! I just don't have it in me to read these types of novels. Even if it's well written I just can't say I enjoyed it. The best part of the novel was at the very end when she sends her children away. And I still feel nothing good for the mom. Yay for reading a happier novel after this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeleine Harvey | 1/24/2014

    " Connie May Fowler has created a spunky, wise-beyond-her-years character Bird, reminiscent of many characters before her who are unfortunately born to down-on-their-luck "white trash" parents (think Ellen Foster). However, Avocet "Bird" Jackson is unique, real, and fully drawn. Bird loves her womanizing father and even finds a way to forgive him for hiring a man to beat her mother senseless all because she gives him a taste of his own medicine. After her father's suicide (which we always wonder if perhaps he was forced into) Bird's mother unravels into a shell of her former self. They move into a trailer on the grounds of a hotel where Bird discovers a haven in the person of Miss Zora, a black woman her mother forbids her to see. Bird's mother descends to near madness and is ultimately saved by Miss Zora, turning over her children (including Bird's sister) to this woman who will let all these women find their wings and fly free. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Rodd | 1/20/2014

    " This book was an amazing read on a very sad subject matter. What drives adults to abuse each other and their children? Why do people have children? How does being "poor white trash" increase the chances that these offspring will no verbal, mental, and physical abuse? How do children cope with fear, pain and PTSD? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mie | 1/20/2014

    " A book about physically and verbal abuse so it was very hard for me to finish. Luckily I did, because the ending gave us all hope for the future. Some of the authors own story might have been the inspiration to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara Achteberg | 1/19/2014

    " I just fell in love with the narrator of this book. Her voice and story are heartbreaking. Great book - couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Lemaster | 12/26/2013

    " Heartwrenching. Sad. Strong. I read this when I was on my "southern streak" reading binge. A good one, especially if you like a story of tenacity in the face of adversity and poverty... Just the kind I like! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 12/26/2013

    " I have posted my review on my blog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 12/25/2013

    " I rated this book as good but it disturbs me to read about any kind of child abuse especially from alcoholics parents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eve | 11/13/2013

    " Another book I didn't finish. Too disturbing for a pleasant night-time read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Scott | 10/20/2013

    " An amazing book and i couldnt stop crying "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharine Hawkinson | 10/12/2013

    " Good quick read for the bus. But totally depressing. Chincey ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Love | 8/23/2013

    " One of my all time favorites..I could relate to the carectors in so many ways it was scary. Read the follow up book also but was not as impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Terese | 3/28/2013

    " Abuse from the perspective of a child in the 1960's. Moving and horrific would be accurate descriptive words. An honest and beautiful look into a painful world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 11/6/2012

    " This is a readable and touching story of a young girl from a disfunctional family. The characters were well developed and I cared what happened to all of them, even the ones I didn't really like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/8/2012

    " This was a compelling book. It's hard to think of and face child abuse, in any sense of the words, but I feel it's important. The author did a great job of showing what it must be like for many children in that situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 9/1/2012

    " Nice story. A typical 'Oprah' book. That doesn't make it bad, just predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 8/1/2012

    " This book is just to good for words. You can feel the heat of Florida coming out of this book, even in the Winter time. Read with tissues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 7/15/2012

    " I read this book when I was a senior in high school and it was a good coming-of-age book.... highly recommend this read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Wood | 12/16/2011

    " somewhat depressing, but probably not without a vein of truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 12/14/2011

    " Connie May Fowler astounds me with the beauty of her writing. She has a voice all her own. A native Floridian, she evokes many memories of Florida as it used to be and as it is now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dcarbone | 10/30/2011

    " All women should read this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/20/2011

    " Wow. A heart-breaking story, yet beautifully told. Thank you, Connie May Fowler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/20/2011

    " the ending made me cry! good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/30/2011

    " My most favorite book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 4/11/2011

    " This book reminded me so much of a sad, twisted childhood growing up in Florida. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/23/2011

    " Excellent book that will touch your heart. It will stay with you long after you've read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/14/2011

    " This is an odd story that closely mimics the life of the author. I found myself feeling sympathetic for the little girl Bird and finding myself hating the mother.


    I would not read it again but it was...interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Twobbema | 1/24/2011

    " Disturbing story that makes you angry. Wrapped up to neatly, maybe to take away from the darkness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/4/2011

    " I loved the voice of the main character. An absorbing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mie | 12/5/2010

    " A book about physically and verbal abuse so it was very hard for me to finish. Luckily I did, because the ending gave us all hope for the future. Some of the authors own story might have been the inspiration to this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 11/19/2010

    " This is a story of abuse. I really did not enjoy reading it and would not have finished it but was reading it for book club. I've read books detailing physical abuse before, but this one was just harder to take. It is based on the author's childhood but seems unrealistic. I don't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/14/2010

    " A very raw look into the life of a family suffering from the effects of alcohol, abuse, and poverty. It is very compelling and I found I had to keep reading until finished. It is not a happy story and I felt the need to read some "fluff" afterward. "

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