When an itinerate Baptist preacher arrived with his baby daughter and a wife lost on the trail, there was no one prepared to suspect what lurid secrets and heartbreak he might be concealing. As the preacher sets his sights against those who might oppose him, the names, reputations, even the very lives of the good people of Cloverdale may not be spared.
Yet in the midst of the machinations of a mad man, virtue and valor can persist. The Thing with Feathers is known to fly through wars, depressions, and natural disasters. But will the
clan and the good people of Cloverdale find it in time? Marshall
Type: Historical Fiction, 1930s-40s
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
A light easy read this is not. This was my first time reading Sweazy-Kulju and she's an excellent writer. She can weave together a story that will hold you captive but at the same time it's a story that will break your heart.
This one really did leave my heart heavy. I spent the entire book wanting Sean and his family to just catch a break already. To have a good life and for things to be easy for them for a change. But nothing ever was. They suffer tragedy after tragedy with murder, rape, incest, a broken court system handing a child over to an abusive "grandparent", horrific child abuse, mental illnesses and unavoidable life threatening injuries. The part that made this read so hard from me, other than the obvious--it was just a dark read, was that the good times in their lives, which they did have years of, were completely skipped over. We got a brief mention of them before more of their life tragedies and the horrors of their life were delved into. I would have really liked actually hearing about the happy times when things were good for them. It was such a heavy read and I needed to have some lightness added in to it.
While The Thing with Feathers was well written and incredibly moving it's not the tale I'd for everyone. It doesn't have the perfect happily ever after or even a pretty ending. It is an interesting read that I think will grab the attention of history lovers but be prepared for tears and have some chocolate on hand. You'll need it.
ANNE SWEAZY KULJU has won awards for editorials and honors for short stories; she now writes historical fiction page-turners. Her first novel, “the thing with feathers,” debuted in 2012, via Tate Publishing. “Bodie,” is expected in early spring 2013. Anne lives near
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