The Lovebird by Natalie Brown

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Self-important pretensions don’t deepen the shallow emotional waters in which these predictable characters swim.
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A spectacularly vibrant, original debut, The Lovebird takes us from the orange-scented streets of Southern California to the vast prairie landscape of Montana, and introduces us to Margie Fitzgerald, a spirited and unforgettable heroine for our times.

Margie has always had a soft spot for helpless creatures. Her warm heart breaks, her left ovary twinges, and she is smitten with sympathy. This is how she falls in love with Simon Mellinkoff, her charismatic, obviously troubled Latin professor. As the two embark on an unconventional romance, Simon introduces Margie to his small coterie of animal rights activists, and with this ragtag group she finds her apparent mission in life. But Margie’s increasingly reckless and dangerous actions force her to flee her California college town, say goodbye to her fragile dad, and seek shelter on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Here, against a backdrop of endless grass and sky, Margie meets a soap opera-loving grandmother, an intriguing, ink-splattered man, and an inscrutable eleven-year-old girl—and makes unexpected discoveries about her heart.

Suffused with humor and compassion, The Lovebird is a radiant novel about one young woman’s love of animals, yearning for connection, and search for her place in this world.
 

About Natalie Brown

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NATALIE BROWN grew up in Orange County, California. She earned a BA in Literature from the University of California at San Diego, and MA degrees in English and Native American Studies from Montana State University. She lives in Iowa. The Lovebird is her first novel.


Author Residence: Iowa City, IA


Author Hometown: Orange County, CA
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 14 2013

Self-important pretensions don’t deepen the shallow emotional waters in which these predictable characters swim.

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