Before Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler
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Avocet Abigail "Bird" Jackson embarks on a spiritual quest for salvation as she struggles to escape the chaos, fear, and turmoil of her parents' lives and make sense of a confusing and desperate world. By the author of Sugar Cage.
 

About Connie May Fowler

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Connie May Fowler is an essayist and screenwriter, as well as the author of three previous novels, including "Sugar Cage" and "River of Hidden Dreams," In 1996, she published "Before Women Had Wings," later a successful "Oprah Winfrey Presents" TV movie, winner of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and paperback bestseller. She lives in Florida with her husband. "From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published May 7, 1996 by G. P. Putnam's Sons. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Glory Marie, the mother, gave Bird and her older sister, Phoebe, birds' names because birds could ``fly above'' the debris in their lives.

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Mixing the squalid details of Bird's life with the child's magical dreams of hope and healing, she has fulfilled the promise of her highly praised debut, Sugar Cage, and established herself as a writer of formidable talent.

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Oprah's optioned this trailer-park tale of child abuse and redemption, which PW praised in a starred review for its ""harrowing details"" and ""plangent, lyrical prose."" (May)

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