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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: August 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Diane | 1/12/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Snow | 1/3/2014

    " I was interested in the characters and what was driving them -- parents dealing with a terrible and difficult situation that leaves them living is a limbo of sorts. How they manage, how they see the rest of the world, why things are as they are... it all held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 1/1/2014

    " Four family members, each messed up in their own way. Younger sister living on the street, older brother too good until he screws up his organic market, mum into baking and a Haitian woman who disappears (mum can't really hold onto anyone), dad in a ho-hum corporate law gig, thinking about an affair, reconnects with wife during a hurricane (uh...), and the family do finally end up in the same place before little sis takes off again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zeineb Mehdi | 1/1/2014

    " Another fascinating book by Diane Abu-jaber. You cannot help but feel the emotions and pain of the whole family and live their struggle to cope with their loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara J Moritsch | 12/6/2013

    " I love Abu-Jaber's writing--the plot was so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laine | 10/1/2013

    " Languid graceful prose that oozes the humidity of miami. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adria | 8/13/2013

    " 2.5 stars. This could have been so much better - didn't care for a couple of the characters and it just didn't live up to how it started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kkweitkunat | 5/28/2013

    " This book was good, but definitely left you wanting more. The character's were developed well, but the story was so slow in the beginning and middle that once you got to the end, you were craving the book to be longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 5/10/2012

    " Again wishing for the 1/2 star --for 3 1/2. Solid read, interesting characters. Well written--I kept wanting to find out how it all turned out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2012

    " A lush, richly woven novel set in Miami about a family fractured by their teenage daughter's absence. Every member of the family narrates this book at one time. Excellent. I love this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianabadescu | 11/6/2011

    " ....and just when you think you had a dysfunctional family along comes a book that shows you that yours wasn't that bad....interesting read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rashmi | 10/13/2011

    " What a boring book! The author has a good way of expression, but felt rather than the story, the expressions were mostly about surroundings.

    The story wouldnt continue.....the book was stagnant! I wouldnt recommend this one to anyone!!! I had to stop wasting my time reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 9/15/2011

    " More scanned than read. Found it glacially slow and impossible to engage with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/13/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book because I had heard great things about it, but I couldn't get through the first 100 pages. I cut my losses and returned it to the library. Too bad. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Tamara Marston has been an actor, singer, and director for more than thirty years. A career performer and musician, she has toured nationally with several groups and appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show and A&E’s Goodtime Café. Dividing her time between acting and singing gigs, choral conducting, music and stage directing, jingle and voice-over work, private and public teaching, and family, Tami feels very fortunate to make her living working in the arts.