Five Star Amazon Review of FLY LIKE A BIRD
An ambitious, compassionate
saga of a girl growing up in a small town in Iowa in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The book jacket summarizes the novel as “A coming-of-age story of a young white girl who fights racism and betrayal as she tries to unravel the truth about her parents’ deaths and escape the town that lied to her.” That’s an excellent description.
The first sections of the novel are really a series of short stories linked by Ivy’s increasing awareness that the story her family and the town is telling her (or not telling her) about her parents’ deaths does not add up.
As we move into the later sections the novel picks up speed and becomes an action adventure story exploring
issues of racism, family dynamics, and the conflict between Ivy’s desire to escape and her obligation to be loyal to those she loves.
The small town and the era are expertly captured and Zinser has created a wonderful collection of believably flawed characters.–Amazon review by Len Joy Author of EVERYONE DIES FAMOUS