“Our mother named her children after birds” – so begins a now grown up Pigeon as she describes the tumultuous events of this pivotal childhood summer with her brother Robin, and her older sister Dove. In the heat and unfamiliarity of a beach town near Atlantic City, each member of her family looks for a caretaker of some kind—Robin in a fortune teller, Dove in older lovers, her Uncle Edward in the feckless owner of a diner, and her mother Joan in a religious cult. All the while, Pigeon, the youngest, searches for her father, believing he will return to the family to care for her. Through the course of the summer, Pigeon comes to the realization that, in spite of disappointments and grief, she has become quite capable of looking after herself. And through the course of narrating this story, the grown-up Pigeon comes to the further realization that she is willing finally to trust in love.
When I was offered this book as part of a TLC Tour, I thought it sounded very interesting. Unfortunately, I did not connect with the characters or the story. It may have just been the wrong time for me and this book to come together.
The first page introduces us to a grown-up Pigeon who is beset with moodiness and bad memories. Her live-in boyfriend encourages her to seek counseling, which she resists, but she does succumb to his suggestion to write down the events of that summer before she turned six. That is the summer that troubles her even after 20+ years. The book is told from the voice of 5-yo Pigeon with some insights thrown in from the grown-up Pigeon.
I didn't feel like the events of that summer were impressively traumatic to cause Pigeon such unrest for that many years afterwards. She seemed like such a independent child and so resourceful in entertaining and taking care of herself that I would think she could have healed better than she did.
As a reader of mysteries and thrillers this book seemed quite uneventful. I expected something more to happen and was disappointed that it didn't. All that said, I think this book will appeal to many so I'm offering my copy in a
Be forewarned - the title page has a little water damage, but the outside covers are in great shape.
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