A White Bird Flying [NOOK Book]

A White Bird Flying

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It was the first Tuesday in August. The Nebraska heat rolled in
upon one like the engulfing waves of a dry sea,--a thick material
substance against which one seemed to push when moving about. Two
women, standing by the back porch of a house in the north end of
Cedartown, commented wearily.



The one, gingerly holding between her thumb and forefinger an egg
which she had borrowed from the other, made feeble attempts to pull
herself away.

"Too hot to bake. . . ."

"I'll say."

After an interim of dull silence, she effected the threatened
withdrawal, and started down the path toward her home. But she had
not gone a dozen feet until she stopped, turned back, and called to
the other in the low mysterious tones of the chronic tale-bearer:
"For the land sakes! Look there. There goes Laura Deal. I do
believe she's goin' over to her grandmother's house the same as she
always did."

And the other, in equally semi-excited voice (it takes little to
bring on an animated conversation in the north ends of the
Cedartowns of the country): "Yes, sir! She is. Did you ever!
And her grandmother just buried day before yesterday."

For a time the two stood watching the young girl pass by and down
the elm-shaded road, but when she approached the gate of the house
to the north and turned toward it, they were looking discreetly at
a petunia bed. Their conversation, however, was not of those
funnel-shaped blossoms.

"She's turnin' in the little gate and goin' up the path between the
cedars. Do you suppose she's goin' IN the house?"

"On my word, I believe she is. And they ain't a soul there . . .
not a soul. Christine Reinmueller even took the cat home with her
when she come over to feed the chickens."

"That twelve-year-old girl . . ."

". . . is the oddest."

"You'd think she'd kind of . . ."

". . . at her age."

"Just day before yesterday . . ."

". . . BURIED."

Neither one made a complete sentence nor waited for the other to
speak. Their conversation was rather a duet, the parts similar and
in perfect rhythm.

"She's got the key . . ."

". . . all by herself."

"Well, on my soul!"

". . . kind of spooky."

Laura Deal, having unlocked the side door of the old house behind
the cedars and disappeared from view, the two loitered expectantly
for a time; but when she did not reappear, they reluctantly
returned to their labors, with special attention to the sweeping of
east porches.

Laura softly opened the side door of her dead grandmother's house,
stepped in, closed the door gently, and stood with her back to it.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013768857
  • Publisher: WDS Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 160,858
  • File size: 207 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Read

    While this book will appeal to fans of prairie or pioneer literature, it has depths that will actually appeal to almost anyone. Set in the early 1900s in small-town Nebraska, it follows the childhood and early womanhood of Laura Deal. Laura is the beloved granddaughter of Abby, the heroine of Aldrich's "A Lantern in Her Hand", and this book picks up right after Abby has died.

    Laura is gentle and whimsical, and through her discerning eyes we get to view the other members of the family, many of whom are unintentionally humorous and certainly similar to those we know in real life. There is her practical, materialistic mother, about whom Laura one day thinks, "Mother has no poetry in her soul!" Her father John is quiet and hardworking, who carries some of the burdens of the town on his back but inside is afire with pioneer pride. Brother Wentworth dashes from one boyish pursuit to another. Her extended family, such as her flighty cousin Kathie, fussy Aunt Grace, and powerful Uncle Mack, are all interesting to read about. Outside of her family are several fascinating neighbors, including the attractive Alan and old Oscar, one of the town's founders, who lives in the past and can only find Laura to listen to tales of his glory days.

    Although on the surface the story follows Laura's chronology in a fairly simple path, as she moves from school to college to a crisis of decision about how to proceed with her life, there are many other events, major and minor, occurring with everyone else in the story. There is her father's conflict with her uncle over bank monies lost, her cousin Kathie's gallivanting about rather than caring for her child, and old Christine's greediness for more land.

    There are also lovely descriptions of the Nebraska countryside, and in the brief but beautiful details of life we get a sense of time and place. Having had a grandmother in Nebraska myself, it all felt so real to me when I read this wonderful book! I also felt breathless when it came time for Laura to decide if she would choose love or money, and the last sentence of the book is one of the best lines I've ever read. It should be quoted like Shakespeare. Quite simply, this is a book to cherish.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Medicine bird nest

    This is the medicine cat den that has a storage in back to store herbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2005

    Very nice!

    This book was my mom's when she was a girl and she gave it to me to read in high school, and I liked it very much. Now, seven years later, I picked it up to read to see if it still had the same magic..and it did! It's just a sweet, old-fashioned love story that's nice to pick up on a rainy day.

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