In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When one of those children announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adopted family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival in their lives.
Mindy’s father grapples with the tension between holding on tightly and letting his daughter spread her wings. Her mother undergoes the emotional roller coaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy and her sister struggle to find the strength to accept each other as they both discover who they truly are.
Told through three distinct voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.
This is a very interesting book. It really doesn’t have a lot of tension or drive but I think because of Susie’s excellent writing style and her unique voice I was pulled into this story and wanted to keep reading.
I loved Sonny’s POV because it was in 1988. So many memories came rushing back to for me as I grew up in the 80s and all the things that were normal for us that my kids now would laugh at.
Even 2013 (Bruce’s POV) was interesting because that is fresh in my memory. The year Frozen came out and the bitterly cold winter we had in Michigan (which is where this book takes place).
The whole Babylift program is very intriguing and hard to believe this actually happened.
If you haven’t read a book by Susie yet I highly recommend you read her work, it is excellent.
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A copy of this book was given to me through the publisher. All opinions are my own.