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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld... A Review

In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld
The Beauty of Nature is all around us...

Joyce Hinnefeld describes In Hovering Flight as "the story of the struggles and triumphs of bird artist and activist Addie Sturmer Kavanagh, ornithologist and musician Tom Kavanagh, and their daughter, poet Scarlet Kavanagh. It’s a novel about mothers, daughters, and art; about illness, death, and burial; about fragile eco-systems and tenacious human relationships—all explored through characters who are inspired by the lives, and particularly the songs, of birds."

I found In Hovering Flight to be thought provoking and stirring. I started reading it and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It begins with a daughter coming home to say goodbye to her mother dying of cancer. Addie, the mother, a famous bird artist and environmental activist, is surrounded by her best friends from college, Cora & Lou, and her dear husband, Tom. In saying goodbye, we are whisked off to the beginning of Addie and Toms humble beginnings as student and college professor, lovers who are passionate about the natural world around them. We learn of a complicated life, of the strength of friendship and the agony of betrayal and how the sum of everything draws everyone back to Addie in the end. With the gentle remembrances of the people most important to Addie, Addies daughter Scarlet gains a better understanding of her mother and who she really was. On the surface it is a love story of Addie & Tom and Addie's struggles with being activist, mother and wife. But just below the surface it is a beautifully written story of the nature that surrounds us and the gifts that it can give us if we just stand still for a moment and take it all in.... listen to the song of the birds... feel the crush of the grass underneath our feet... Watch the soar of a hawk... and how life is precious for all of nature and we should try and appreciate it all while we can.

Bird lovers will appreciate the poetic voice Joyce Hinnefeld lends to the descriptions of the patient wait in the woods to see a scarlet tanger, a wood thrush or a beautiful cardinal, and the mysterious deciphering of a bird song heard in the distance. I've actually gone to Cape May birding during fall migration and this story captures the wonder of it all...

It's a beautifully written story. One that you may find yourself reading passages from again just to revisit the beauty of nature....

Would you like to read an excerpt? You'll find excerpts HERE . To learn more about Joyce Hinnefeld, please visit the author's website HERE! You'll also find an interview with Joyce there too!

In Hovering Flight will be in bookstores this Tuesday, August 25th! I want to thank Caitlin of Unbridled Books for sharing this book with me! It was a very special read and I enjoyed it very much!

*P.S. This Book is Kindle Ready!

Happy reading...
Suzanne

6 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I have been interested in this book ever since I saw the beautiful cover. What a lovely review!

Suzanne said...

Hi Rhapsodyinbooks! I thought the cover was beautiful too! Thank you for the kind words on my review!

Suzanne

Book Bird Dog said...

Lovely cover, sad environmental/health story. Hope the author came out alright.

Helen said...

Hi, Suzanne. Thanks for this review. Sounds like a really good book. I think I will add this to my wish list.

Serena said...

This book is patiently waiting on the shelf for me to read it. Great review.

Suzanne said...

Hi Helen!
Since our tastes run similar I know you will really like this story! Another one for the TBR list though! :D

Hi Serena!
You will have to let know what you thought of the story after you read it! It's the kind of book you can read on a few different levels- I will enjoy reading what you thought of it!

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