Birds of Paradise: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 6, 2011 - Fiction - 362 pages
37 Reviews

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.
  

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User Review  - Virginia Markhart - Goodreads

At the library I was looking for an audio book. Thought I would get something out of my normal range. So I started with the letter A and selected this one from the shelf. This book has cured me of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emma Gregory - Goodreads

Birds Of Paradise centers around a nuclear family during the mid nineties property boom in Miami Florida. Brian the father is a lawyer for a high powered property real estate company and is a boring ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
36
Section 3
65
Section 4
80
Section 5
97
Section 6
125
Section 7
159
Section 8
176
Section 12
224
Section 13
238
Section 14
249
Section 15
270
Section 16
282
Section 17
303
Section 18
314
Section 19
343

Section 9
188
Section 10
205
Section 11
213
Section 20
356
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About the author (2011)

Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of Origin, Crescent, Arabian Jazz, and The Language of Baklava. Her writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Ms., Salon, Vogue, Gourmet, the New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

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