Birds of Paradise: A Novel by Diana Abu-Jaber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Set in the time just around Hurricane Katrina in Miami, this novel about a family that has fallen apart really resonated with me. Told from the viewpoints of the four members of the Muir family, you see how Felice's disappearance has affected each of them. Avis, Brian and Stanley are still shocked and in intense pain five years later - they have problems with intimacy and trust. Felice is living essentially on the streets, still grappling with the guilt that drove her away from home.
Slowly, over the course of this book, all four find ways to come to some sort of internal resolution and to start living again. The metaphor of Katrina and the recovery from the damage done is an apt one: any family that has faced this sort of breakdown must feel as though they are in the midst of a hurricane.
While not marketed to the YA audience, this book will appeal to both adults and teens.
ARC provided by publisher.