The Feathered Bone

The Feathered Bone

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
ISBN: 9780718037628
0718037626
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 22 cm.

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Librarian_Deb Aug 29, 2018

This book tackles some dark subjects - human trafficking and suicide - and it does so in a moving and thoughtful way. So much so that when the suicide aspect was brought in I just about couldn't handle it, it seemed like to much tragedy to add to an already tragic story. I easily got wrapped up in the life of the main character - Amanda, who is the main narrator of the book. She is on a school field trip with her daughter Ellie and her daughter's best friend Sarah that the tragedies begin. Sarah disappears after a trip to the restroom and what begins as a frantic search turns into a nightmare as she remains missing for months. Even though Amanda is a social worker, she has trouble bearing up under the strain of feeling guilty, trying to help a daughter who has withdrawn into herself, and enduring the verbal abuse that her husband Carl flings at her. Those scenes where he abuses her were some of the really tough ones for me to read, by the way. She seemed to handle things pretty well otherwise but she sure had a blind spot when it came to her husband. I wanted to shake her and tell her to get out of that relationship! Amanda does have a lot of positives in her life - including her two best friends (one of whom is Sarah's mother), a best guy friend she's had since childhood (and yes, possible love interest later on), and her partner in her counseling practice. They all support her through thick and thin, even Sarah's mother. The parents of Sarah come off as pretty incredible people, by the way, not that they aren't hurting they just seem to really have a deep faith that helps them through the tragedy. Amanda has faith too, but hers is a lot more shaky. And she has a lot more trauma to deal with considering the way her husband treats her, leaves her, and then how things turn out with her daughter. That's when I just about wanted to stop but I wanted to see what would happen with Sarah. Sarah is heard from throughout the story in the form of diary entries that she writes to her sparrow - a bird she sees outside of her window that gives her hope. Those were really uplifting parts of the book, Sarah handles her captivity with a wisdom beyond her years and a faith that is amazing. The story does come around to a place with more joy and less darkness at the end, and we get to see Amanda reach out to her friends and to God in the end. This book really makes you think about some tough subjects and it does leave you with hope so I will say it's a great book on these tough topics. Just be aware that it's gong to be rough going and read it when you're in an emotional place where you can handle that.

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 18, 2016

A mystery set in Louisiana around the time of Katrina. The story revolves around a woman and her tween daughter and her tween daughter's best friend who disappears. The story is ultimately about people facing the unthinkable and how they either come to thrive or give up. It does a nice job of invoking a sense of place and the importance of friends, faith, and family. It even managed to imbue the villains with a bit of humanity (which is rare in most books of this type). At times, however, it tends to oversimplify and rely on stereotypical characters (such as Jay, the local sheriff) and I found the romantic subplot far to simple and predictable. Still, I thought it was a quick and enjoyable read in a great setting.

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Mar 10, 2016

A very sad but well written book bringing to life every parent's worst nightmare. This book won't be for everyone as it deals with the tough subjects of abduction, trafficking, spousal abuse and suicide. Sarah's journal entries to the Sparrow were the ray of sunshine that pulled me through the dark subject matter of this story. Such inner strength and strong faith from one so young. Books of this nature are usually able to get my tears flowing, but this book is written in a way that kept me emotionally detached enough that I did not shed a single tear. I think this may be due to the author being Christian and not being overly descriptive of the horrific things that are taking place.

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