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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (877 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Abu-Jaber Narrator: Tamara Marston Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Avis Muir is a brilliant pastry chef, Brian Muir a corporate real estate attorney. Their son, Stanley, is the proprietor of a trendy food market. Their beautiful daughter, Felice, is missing. A runaway at 13, Felice has spent five years modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach. She's about to turn 18. Soon all of the Muirs will be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. And Felice must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, then face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Miami, Birds of Paradise is filled with piercing insights into the politics of food and sugar, teen culture, and of the ebb and flow of marriage. The writing is sumptuous, the story moving, and the descriptions of food (one of Abu-Jaber's specialties) are mouth-watering.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Danika | 2/7/2014

    " A bit disappointed in this one- it's nowhere near as good as the other 2 I've read by this author. I warmed up to it byt the end, but had a really hard time at the beginning. None of the characters seemed plausible to me, or they were overly cliched. It also covered a period of time that included Katrina. Having just read the stunning "Salvage the Bones" about Katrina, this book really doesn't compare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jean Godwin Carroll | 1/23/2014

    " When their youngest daughter runs away from home at the age of 13, both parents and older brother are left to mourn her loss and grieve the fracture of their once close-knit family. The author writes so beautifully, she evokes a sense of place with her language, and fully develops each character by alternating chapters in each of their voices. Rarely does a story cause such a physical reaction while reading. I felt as if someone were standing on my chest, or as if I was holding my breath due to the intensity of her writing. I love being so thoroughly moved by a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/19/2014

    " I love Abu-Jaber's writing, but there were too many loose ends for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diane | 1/12/2014

    " very very slow read. was diappointed with this bood. "

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About the Author
Author Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Origin, Crescent, The Language of Baklava, and Arabian Jazz. She has won the PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction, the Oregon Book Award, and other prizes. Her writing appears in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Ms., Gourmet, Salon, and Vogue, and she is frequently featured on National Public Radio. She lives in Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.