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Before Women Had Wings
Before Women Had Wings
Author: Connie May Fowler
My name is Avocet Abigail Jackson. But because Mama couldn't find anyone who thought Avocet was a fine name for a child, she called me Bird. Which is okay by me. She named both her children after birds, her logic being that if we were named for something with wings then maybe we'd be able to fly above the shit in our lives.... — So says Bird Jack...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780449911440
ISBN-10: 0449911446
Publication Date: 5/1997
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 143 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
I never put this book down. The protagonist, a 6 year old girl raised in poverty during the 60's in the South, spins a story similar to that of my own childhood, only much worse. Connie May Fowler weaves a magical story, rich with imagery and strong characterization, in this autobiograpical story. Ms. Fowler possesses a rare gift, and is an author destined to have each of her stories avidly devoured by those who want something stronger than pablum to read.
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Helpful Score: 4
Although this book is now a movie, I must say that the book is much better. You can picture what is going on so much better in your mind than when watching the movie. It's a book filled with hardships and abuse. Physically and emotionally abused, the main character in this book is a little girl who finds protection and comfort from and odd old woman living in a trailer by the hotel she is living at. Starts off very sad but has a great, happy ending. Loved it!
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What an awsome story of dealing with neglect and abuse. This little girl is amazing. Can't wait till I can read another book by this author.
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Told from the perspective of the youngest daughter, this book provides a heartbreaking account of the legacy of child-battering and the unbearable weight of poverty on this broken family. A very believable story and highly readable book made less weighty by the good deeds of others and the wonderful imagination of this precocious child.
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A early Oprah book club selection. A great story about a girl growing up in 1965 and her struggle to survive.
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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.
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Raw, gritty, and from a child's point of view, Bird tells us of her life in poverty, with drunken and violent parents, and an uncaring society during the 1960's.
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i highly recommend this book. i'm late reading this, i think it was written in 1996. i will try to find the movie now since i loved the book. the story of bird and her sister is heartbreaking. i plan to read all of connie may fowler's other books because i love her writing style. she made me want to rescue bird. read the book in one evening, could not put it down. i didn't realize until i finished reading that connie had a similar childhood, very sad.