Before Women Had Wings

Before Women Had Wings

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In 1965 Bird, christened Avocet, aged six, is living with her family in a Florida citrus grove. Daddy and Mama, who run a general store, fight frequently and drink too much; Bird and her older sister Phoebe are beaten equally frequently. Daddy is eventually found dead in his car; Mama and the girls leave the grove and move into a trailer in the grounds of a motel outside Tampa. Bird, against Mama's wishes, makes friends with Miss Zora, a black woman in a neighbouring trailer. Miss Zora is a kindly white witch, whose wisdom and herbal remedies provide a mainstay in Bird's difficult life. Bird runs away to the city to escape her mother's cruelty, and meets a gentle biker who brings her home. Mama finally agrees to get help for her alcoholism, and Miss Zora takes Bird and Phoebe to live with her at her home in South Florida. 'Stinging with tenderness, her best yet, a necessary story with an unstoppable emotional force' - Amy Tan 'Fowler's deeply moving, triumphant third novel brilliantly conveys a child's bewilderment ... She sweeps the narrative along with plangent, lyrical prose ... and establishes herself as a writer of formidable talent' - Publishers Weeklyshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 121.92 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552997218
  • 9780552997218

About Connie May Fowler

Connie May Fowler is an essayist and screenwriter as well as the author of four novels- Sugar Cage, River of Hidden Dreams, Before Women Had Wings, a paperback bestseller in the USA which was made into a successful film by Oprah Winfrey and was winner of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and Remembering more

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