Book Review of Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America

Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America
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A historical fiction set in a time and place that I am not sure I have ever read - Mary is a wife of a pastor at a time when the man of the house is REALLY the man of the house. She has blindly followed the path until her world is turned upside down by native americans who are pillaging towns and taking hostage the women and children. She is taken into their home and her preconceived notions are shot to hell!

My absolute favorite parts of this book were the moments where Mary was second guessing everything she thought she knew both about her own "people" and the native people. Like many people she had never put herself "in their shoes" and in doing so found some perspective and saw the truths and falsehoods in the stories that the English settlers were sharing amongst themselves. As a religious studies major in college, I loved the sociology of religion or in this case in societal groups and how one group can judge another before even understanding one another. This book took me back to my college days and reminded me to keep my judgements in check.