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.
**I received a copy of this book as part of the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Few novels have put me through the emotional wringer as The Feathered Bone did. But fortunately, for every tragic moment in this book, there is an element of hope that exists alongside.
All I could think about while reading this novel, was how difficult this story must have been to write. And then the fact that real people live through the events captured in this novel. It broke my heart. But, with exquisite prose, and wise characters, through the tragedies in this novel, Julie Cantrell also weaves a story of hope, love, and even more importantly, faith. The themes of strength that run through the story offer up courage to the reader to hold onto and cherish.
The Feathered Bone is one of those books that I’m sure I will remember for a long time. I found it overall, to be a novel that I could completely immerse myself in and really feel for the characters. I’d highly reccommend it, but caution that there are some heavy topics being dealt with within the pages.
“We weren’t brought into a world of darkness. Left to stumble around on our own. We were given flame. One that would outlast us all.”
-Amanda Salassi, The Feathered Bone
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. She is the author of two children’s books as well as Into the Free, which received Christy Awards for Best Debut Novel and Book of the Year 2013 as well as the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award.
This debut novel received a rare starred review by Publishers Weekly and was selected as one of five finalists for the University of Mississippi Common Reading Experience 2014. It also was selected as a best novel of 2013 by LifeWay, USA TODAY, and many bookclubs.
Cantrell’s sophomore novel, When Mountains Move, is the sequel to her debut. Since its release in September 2013, it has been named a 2013 Best Read by LifeWay, was shortlisted for several awards, and won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction.
The Feathered Bone, Cantrell’s third novel, is set to release January 2016.
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