Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Review: Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'Birds of Paradise' by Diana Abu-Jaber is a study of family and how distant some people can become, even when they live in the same home. Avis and Brian have two children, Stanley and Felice. From the beginning, the reader knows the Felice is only a teen and has ran away from home. Avis is a pastry chef, deeply involved in her work, mostly to block out the rest of her life. Stanley wanted to be like his mother, meticulous in cooking, but it was the one thing that she did not want for him. Brian seems to be totally floating away from the family, contemplating an affair at work, distancing himself from everyone else.
This book really draws the readers into this family. Although most of it is about the characters wrestling with their own demons, the book is still able to keep you moving along, waiting for revelations from each one's past in order to get the complete picture.
*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads
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