The Nature Of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner

THE NATURE OF SMALL BIRDS
BY SUZIE FINKBEINER

Publisher: Revell
Pub Date: July 6, 2021
Pages: 368 pages
Categories: Fiction / Christian / General

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In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adopted family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival in their lives.

Though her father supports Mindy’s desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he’ll lose the daughter he’s poured his heart into. Mindy’s mother undergoes the emotional rollercoaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy’s sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family–but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.

“Susie Finkbeiner has such an inviting and distinctive voice as a writer that you’ll gladly follow it–and follow her–to any setting.”–Valerie Fraser Luesse, Christy Award-winning author of Under the Bayou Moon

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Susie Finkbeiner has written a beautiful story about the value of family.  The book is filled with heartwarming stories of the many members of a loving family that struggles together to make it through each life-changing event.  Her characters are people you want to know and her dialogue is superb.  She writes in a unique format using three different years: 1975, 1988, and 2013, with each year told by different characters; two female and one male.  I found this style provided a holistic picture of the family and kept me connected with the characters.

The writing itself is poetic, calm, and peaceful, allowing a deeper, more meaningful connection between the reader and the characters.  Even though there are some heart-wrenching moments, the love for each other brings a strong sense of hope to the entire novel.  

The setting and background of the book are a little complicated because it deals with the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of adopting a child through Operation Baby Lift, which was the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States in April of 1975.  The family lives in Michigan and decides to adopt one of the orphans.  Although this plays a big part in the story it certainly is not all of it.

Finkbeiner has written a book that will bring you joy. My favorite quote and there are many from this book, is “Loving her is the best thing I’ve ever had to work at.”    It is a must-read for 2021!

Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, and Stories That Bind Us,as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home. She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

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