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Birds of Paradise

A Novel

Abu-Jaber, Diana

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Birds of Paradise
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WW Norton
In the tropical paradise that is Miami, Avis and Brian Muir are still haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter, Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years of modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach, Felice is about to turn eighteen. Her family—Avis, an exquisitely talented pastry chef; Brian, a corporate real estate attorney; and her brother, Stanley, the proprietor of Freshly Grown, a trendy food market—will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. Meanwhile, Felice must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.This multilayered novel about a family that comes apart at the seams—and finds its way together again—is totally involving and deeply satisfying, a glorious feast of a book.

Baker & Taylor
After a five year absence, an 18-year-old runaway returns to her family in Miami to deal with the guilty secret that caused her to flee in this new novel from the author of Origin. 35,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A multilayered, beautifully textured novel about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami.
In the tropical paradise that is Miami, Avis and Brian Muir are still haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter, Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years of modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach, Felice is about to turn eighteen. Her family—Avis, an exquisitely talented pastry chef; Brian, a corporate real estate attorney; and her brother, Stanley, the proprietor of Freshly Grown, a trendy food market—will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. Meanwhile, Felice must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.

This multilayered novel about a family that comes apart at the seams—and finds its way together again—is totally involving and deeply satisfying, a glorious feast of a book.

Baker
& Taylor

After a five year absence, an eighteen-year-old runaway returns to her family in Miami to deal with the guilty secret that caused her to flee.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393064612
0393064611
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Characteristics: 362 p. ; 25 cm.

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Nov 27, 2013
  • leivrl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a lyrical and thoughtful portrait of the currents that pull apart, and pull together, a family in
Florida. Don't expect action-packed thrill rides. Expect to experience emotion.

May 10, 2013
  • Liselara rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is one of those books where the synopsis on the back of the book is better than the actual novel. The whole book is infected with unending boring details about baking. If you like baking you might enjoy it but it's supposed to be about a 13 year old child who runs away from home. The author uses a lot of different languages with no translation or meaning of the words.

Usually like this author. Read this one fairly long ago and my new disabllity keeps me from recalling why I liked this book. But I know I did.

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