Before Women Had Wings
Connie May Fowler
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" Listen to me, Bird, dreaming is for fools, and I don't ever want to be accused of raising up a little fool."~ Mama(Glory Marie) pg. 45
Started: September 23, 2018
Finished: September 26, 2018
From the cover:
My name is Avocet Abigail Jackson. But because Mama couldn't find anyone who thought Avocet was a fine name for a child, she called me Bird. Which is okay by me. She named both her girl children after birds, her logic being that if we were named for something with wings then maybe we'd be able to fly above the shit in our lives...
I have to admit I was intrigued by the cover of this book. I grabbed it and couldn't wait to get reading.
It did not disappoint. It had everything I had hoped it would.
There is struggle from the beginning. Trials and errors made by many. It has innocence of childhood, yet children seeing and living such things they never should have to.
It is written showing a clear and honest character in "Bird".
The story starts out with Bird vividly recalling the day her daddy walked into the General Store, revolver in hand and threatened to kill himself in front of her mother, sister, and herself.
She was just six-years-old.
From there, the story takes you through her days, living in an abusive home. A drunkard father, a mean tempered mama, a brother that comes and goes, and a sister that loves or hates her depending on the day.
After tragedy hits their home, Mama decides to head south. To take the girls on a journey that will change all of their lives.
While things don't get better, they definitely change.
A new place, new school, and...a new friend.
Miss Zora, befriends Bird, not knowing that Bird has been forbidden from being around her.
Their secret friendship is exactly what Bird, and her family needs.
Will these women ever get their wings?
This is a must read!
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