Birds of Paradise: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 6, 2011 - Fiction - 362 pages
16 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  - Nicnac63 - LibraryThing

This is full of vivid imagery and has a poetic feel, yet the story felt flat and I wasn't drawn to the characters. The best part of this story was the wonderful food descriptions. My mouth watered and I could almost smell them. Read full review

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User Review  - blhooley - LibraryThing

14-year-old Felice runs away from home after a secret trauma. The family she leaves behind seems to be a fairly normal, that is to say slightly dysfunctional, American family. Despite the efforts of ... 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 four novels, including Crescent, and two memoirs, Life Without a Recipe and The Language of Baklava. She and her family divide time between Miami, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

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