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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Review: Byrd by Kim Church

Addie writes letters to "Byrd", the name she has given the son she gave up for adoption. This isn't the story of a teenage pregnancy--both she and the father, Roland, were in their thirties when this happened, but he was involved with someone else and was never reliable, and Addie never felt very maternal and felt her small life working at a bookstore in Greensboro, was enough. So she gave him up.

The book is beautifully written. There isn't a lot of plot. Most of the book is backstory, explaining how Addie and Roland met as children, Addie's crush, Roland's haphazard casualness with her feelings, and then how they remet as adults. I wasn't crazy about the sections of the book that switch from Addie's point of view to Roland's, and also briefly to her mother's, mostly because they were short and unbalanced. But that's a small quibble in a lovely novel. Byrd was sweet and quiet and honest without being overt. A great book to read lazing in a hammock with a tall glass of lemonade.

I bought this book from Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC, when I was at the North Carolina Writer's Network's Spring Conference.

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