"A truly enjoyable read" about "the power of quilts to connect, heal, and restore the soul.” --Marianne Fons.
From Frances O'Roark Dowell — bestselling author of Dovey Coe, The Secret Language of Girls, Trouble the Water and other "beloved books for tweens and teenagers" (New York Times Sunday Book Review) — comes Birds in the Air, Dowell's first novel for adults.
When Emma Byrd moves into the house of her dreams in the small mountain community of Sweet Anne's Gap, she knows that making friends may prove to be her biggest challenge. Her husband loves his new job and her kids are finding their way at school. But Emma — no natural when it comes to talking to strangers — will have to try a little harder, especially after the sweet, white-haired neighbor she first visits slams the door in her face.
Luckily, a few of the quilters of Sweet Anne's Gap adopt Emma and she soon finds herself organizing the quilt show for the town's centennial celebration. But not everyone is happy to see the job go to an outsider, especially one who has befriended an outcast pursuing her own last best chance at redemption.
With Birds in the Air, Frances O'Roark Dowell (winner of the Edgar Award, the William Allen White Award and the Christopher Medal) has created a warm, funny novel about fitting in, falling out and mending frayed relationships one stitch at a time.
|Publisher:||Milton Falls Media, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
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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
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).