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A full course meal a rich complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at Abu Jaber's table Ron Charles Washington PostAt thirteen Felice Muir ran away from home to punish herself for some. This book should be renamed Morons Who Make Terrible Decisions A cookie Avis told her children is a soulOh please rolls eyes Spare me this kind of pseudo philosophical garbage The above is the opening sentence of the novel As soon as I read it I heaved a big sigh I could tell what kind of book this was going to beWe ve got a family of four Avis Brian and their two children Stanley and Felice Stanley is mainly ignored throughout the novel getting only one POV chapter near the end Otherwise the chapters flip between the other threeBRIANThis ladies and gentlemen is the biggest moron I have ever read about Seriously stupid He did the following things in the novel Made cow eyes at a co worker named Fernanda who is obviously manipulating him He makes up little fantasies not icky about her and wants to protect and save her from her what he sees as crappy life He idly wonders about what it would be like to make a life with her and he toys with the idea of having an affair with her He is completely oblivious to the fact that she is manipulating him Even when other well meaning co workers warn her about him he writes them off as jealous Total idiot He is married to a beautiful woman who still loves him and is sexually attracted to him That doesn t matter He s completely willing to risk his marriage and throw away everything in life on a whim view spoilerThe only reason he DOESN T end up sleeping with Fernanda is because he catches her in the arms of his rather annoying best friend Javier hide spoiler

CHARACTERS í MZINES.CO.UK ☆ Diana Abu Jaber

Birds of Paradise

Miami Beach Felice is now turning eighteen and she and the family she left behind must reckon with the conseuences of her actions and make life affirming choices about what matters to them most now and in the futu. This book made the mistake of trying to do too many things at the same time and as a result none of its multiple themes were adeuately explored I think the story was an interesting one and if the author had really focused on the family dynamics between the four primary characters Avis Felice Stanley and Brian I think the book would have been successful I think the author made several mistakes which detracted from the overal effectiveness of the novel First if Felice had run away at an older age and if there had been a realistic explanation for her decision to stay on the streets the book would have made sense to me It seemed very implausible that the parents would not have learned the details and significance of the friend s suicide including how close Hannah was to Felice clearly the school knew they were best friends as evidenced by the scene when Felice was told about the suicide in school and therefore would have been able to intervene effectively It also seemed implausible that the letter written to Hannah would not not have been discovered by her parents or ultimately exposed by one of the girls involved in the incidentSecondly the author seemed determined to include themes about race and class immigration the demographics of Miami hurricanes why Katrina baking and gentrification While I understand the importance of creating a realistic setting the overemphasis on these themes detracted from the exploration of the family relationshipsBut my biggest complaint was that the last third of the book was overdramatized and the dramatic events the scene on the beach and the hurricane were unnecessary In this story the drama took place before the book started and the author easily could have relied on the significance of the 18th birthday to create a compelling story

Diana Abu Jaber ☆ 1 READ

Horrible thing she had done leaving a hole in the hearts of her pastry chef mother her real estate attorney father and her foodie entrepreneurial brother After five years of scrounging for food drugs and shelter on. 45 stars rounded up Why do I not know this writer I am once again in disagreement with my GR friends This is a book about a family Well no This is a book about MEMBERS of a family Each member of the family kind of circles his or her own sun in his or her own orbit so separately that the family is almost non existent These are some really damaged folks The language is so lovely and lush It is so sad and heavy and yet hopeful like a flower opening I just loved it


10 thoughts on “Birds of Paradise

  1. says:

    This book should be renamed Morons Who Make Terrible Decisions A cookie Avis told her children is a soulOh please rolls eyes Spare me this kind of pseudo philosophical garbage The above is the opening sentence of the novel As soon as I read it I heaved a big sigh I could tell what kind of book this was going to beWe've got a family of four Avis Brian and their two children Stanley and Felice Stanley is mainly ignored throughout the novel

  2. says:

    Diana Abu Jaber's writing hits all of the marks for high praise in this book about a family coping with the loss of their teenage daughter a junior high school runaway reaching her 18th birthday and living on the streets by choice instead of opting to stay comfortable in her Floridian upper middle class life There are lush foodie

  3. says:

    I was left with an overwhelming feeling of sadness and heaviness despite the author's attempt at leaving this book on an uplifting note I personally read as a form of escapism My book club elected to read this book though so I dug in eagerly hoping to discover a gem I would learn to love Although I connected wit

  4. says:

    This book was always going to suffer by comparison since I loved the previous book I read so much but it was pretty boring Hard to believe that a book that contains a hurricane murder and suicide can be boring but it is Even the author seeme

  5. says:

    45 stars rounded up Why do I not know this writer??? I am once again in disagreement with my GR friends This is a book about a family Well no

  6. says:

    This is one of the most absorbing novels I've read all year; as in it made a flight pass uickly and then later at home drew me back to my big comfy office chair for another chapter when I really should have been working The story i

  7. says:

    This book made the mistake of trying to do too many things at the same time and as a result none of its multiple themes were adeuately explored I think the story was an interesting one and if the author had really focused on the family dynamics between the four primary characters Avis Felice Stanley and Brian I think the book would have been successful I think the author made several mistakes which detracted from the overal eff

  8. says:

    35 really The way Diana Abu Jaber writes about food is amazing The pastry descriptions alone make this book worth reading Also her characters are complex and not always likeable and yet I'm relieved when the bad things they're running toward don't hit them The pace here is slow but that's all the better to appreciate her writing The first ha

  9. says:

    This is the first book by Diana Abu Jaber that I've read but it won't be the last After reading Birds of Paradise I learned that its author won a PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction for Crescent and an Oregon

  10. says:

    It pains me to write this review because Diana Abu Jabers books have brought me such joy and entertainment in the past I jus