The Nature of Small Birds – LSBBT

THE NATURE OF SMALL BIRDS
BY SUSIE FINKBEINER

Publisher: Revell
Pub Date: July 6, 2021
Pages: 368 pages
Categories: Fiction / Christian / General

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In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, 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.

Though her father supports Mindy’s desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he’ll lose the daughter he’s poured his heart into. Mindy’s mother undergoes the emotional rollercoaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy’s sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family–but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.

“Susie Finkbeiner has such an inviting and distinctive voice as a writer that you’ll gladly follow it–and follow her–to any setting.”–Valerie Fraser Luesse, Christy Award-winning author of Under the Bayou Moon

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This book was a double pleasure in that a friend read it at about the same time.  It’s always wonderful to discuss books, especially when we both enjoyed it so much.

While the summary leads you to believe that this is a story of the Operation Baby Lift out of Vietnam – it is so much more.  Told mainly in three different years and narrated by three voices in the same family, it compounded the story to a level where you as a reader obtained a 360 view.

The voices are of the mother, father, and oldest sister in a family of three girls.  The middle daughter was adopted tangentially from Vietnam.  The considerable impact and ripple effect the Vietnam War had on not only the people of the country and the US soldiers but extended families is presented with heart.

I loved the tie into birds, their nests and families as either mentions in poetry or as comparisons with to the three daughters.  It helped make what could have been a very difficult subject a lot easier to comprehend.

A minor yet impactful character Mrs. Olds says,  “Life requires so much courage out of us, doesn’t it?” All the characters in this book were facing so many things that took a lot of courage just to put one foot in front of the other and go about their normal lives. The Grandmother who lost a son, the Uncle who lost a part of himself, a mother who chose a different path and a daughter who had a path chosen for her.

This book is calmly paced and left me with a feeling of contentment not only for the characters lives portrayed inside the book but also for what they could become.

Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, and Stories That Bind Us,as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home. She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

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