Book Review of Before Women Had Wings

Before Women Had Wings
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Difficult and depressing read -- particularly if you know the story is a fictionalized version of the author's traumatic childhood. As children of alcoholics, Bird and her sister Phoebe suffer random beatings, the scorn of their peers, and the trauma of their father's suicide. Even though it ends on a note of hope, it's a tough climb to get there. I honestly think Sue Monk Kidd handled it better in "The Secret Life of Bees", perhaps because Kidd wasn't exorcising her personal demons as she tailored her novel.