Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

About the Book:

“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

My Thoughts:

Julie Cantrell's newest literary offering meets the reader in the messiness of life and ultimately gives a glimpse of hope.  This is a story for both the believer and the yet to believe.  But be warned: she is lethal with her words.

What do I mean by that?  Simply this: her meticulous research, combined with the depth of character development are enough to take both mind and heart hostage for the duration of the book.  Add in her exquisite skill in setting the scene and her inclusion of real life events and you have a book that will stop your world for the sake of her imaginary one.

At times I could sense the direction the story was going.  Other times, she would catch me by surprise and steal my breath away.  As a mother and a grandmother, Julie led me into the unthinkable.  As a woman and a wife, Julie guided me into what I wish was the unbelievable...but is all too real.

Here's the kicker: I followed her there willingly.  When every turn of the page brought pain, I kept turning.  When a new chapter brought new white knuckle reading, I kept reading.  By the end of the book, I was emotionally drained, but my soul was satisfied.

"The Feathered Bone" is hard to read, but from the unique title to the stylized cover and all the words in between, it is so worth the read.  It is a blessed thing called suffering.  Julie Cantrell shows us this, and does so brilliantly.

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