Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

by Frances O'Roark Dowell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945354007
Publisher: Milton Falls Media, Inc.
Publication date: 09/08/2016
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 411,918
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Frances O'Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award and the William Allen White Award; Where I'd Like to Be; The Secret Language of Girls and its sequels The Kind of Friends We Used to Be and The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away; Chicken Boy; Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal; the Phineas L. MacGuire series; Falling In; the critically acclaimed The Second Life of Abigail Walker; Anybody Shining; Ten Miles Past Normal; and most recently, Trouble the Water. She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina. Connect with Frances online at

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Birds in the Air 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I would like this book but I have to say it was the most enjoyable book I have read in a long time. It is a little about quilts and a little about life among women
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell is set in Sweet Anne’s Gap, North Carolina. Emma Byrd and her family have just moved to town for her husband’s new job. Emma’s husband, Owen as well as their two kids, Sarah and Ben are settling in, but Emma is feeling at loose ends. Thanks to her husband’s raise, she no longer has to work. Emma thought this would be her chance to write which is what she has always wanted to do. But Emma has yet to make any friends. When Lettie, a neighbor, visits, the two of them explore some trunks left behind in the attic. Inside one of them, they find an old quilt. Emma would like to know more about it. Lettie refers Emma to Ruth at The Sewing Room (the local quilting shop). After visiting Ruth, Emma ends up learning to quilt. To gather more information on the quilt, Ruth suggests Emma attend a guild meeting. Emma makes a new friend in Mavis Abercrombie. Emma is learning to quilt and making friends. Emma takes on the task of helping Barbara (the Episcopalian minister) organize a quilt show for the town’s upcoming centennial celebration. After Barbara breaks her ankle, Emma ends up taking on the whole job. Christine McCrae, though, is not happy with Emma and goes out of her way to make things difficult for her (and her daughter, Sarah). Join Emma as she learns to navigate small town life and learns to quilt in Birds in the Air. Birds in the Air sounded good, but I thought the book was lacking. The novel is basically about Emma settling into life in a small town. Emma is an introvert (like me) who has trouble talking with people and making friends. She constantly overthinks things, worries, and fantasizes (goes on and on for pages). I eventually started skipping over these sections. The writing was satisfactory, but the pace is a little slow. There were some interesting characters (like Mavis), but I did not think that all of them had to be so quirky. The writer just did not pull it off. The town had the typical characters: the gossip, the mean lady, the boisterous person, the old guys who sit around, etc. It was like the author had a checklist of characters needed for a small town and went down the list checking off each one as she added them into the story. I give Birds in the Air 3 out of 5 stars. I did like reading about the quilting and the old quilt sounded beautiful. With a little work (rewriting and editing) this would be the first book of a great series (can you imagine a mystery series about old quilts).