Giveaway! — The Nature of Small Birds

28 Jul

Not sure how it happened, but I ended up with TWO copies of The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner. The mix-up is now your gain, because I am giving one copy away to one of my readers. Just leave a comment to be entered. (US only please.) The winner will be randomly picked August 18. Good luck!

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 is a story junkie. Always has been and always will be. It seems it’s a congenital condition, one she’s quite fond of.

After decades of reading everything she could get her hands on (except for See the Eel, a book assigned to her while in first grade, a book she declared was unfit for her book-snob eyes), Susie realized that she wanted to write stories of her own. She began with epics about horses and kittens (but never, ever eels). 

It takes years to grow a writer and after decades of work, Susie realized (with much gnashing of teeth and tears) that she was a novelist. In order to learn how to write novels, she read eclectically and adventurously (she may never swim with sharks, but the lady will jump into nearly any story). After reading the work of Lisa Samson, Patti Hill, and Bonnie Grove she realized that there was room for a writer like her in Christian fiction.

Her first novels Paint Chips (2013) and My Mother’s Chamomile (2014) have contemporary settings. While she loved those stories and especially the characters, Susie felt the pull toward historical fiction.

When she read Into the Free by Julie Cantrell she knew she wanted to write historical stories with a side of spunk, grit, and vulnerability. Susie is also greatly inspired by the work of Jocelyn Green, Rachel McMillan, and Tracy Groot.

A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl (2015), Finkbeiner’s bestselling historical set in 1930s Oklahoma, has been compared to the work of John Steinbeck and Harper Lee (which flatters Susie’s socks off). Pearl’s story continues with A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (2017) and A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era (2018). 

What does she have planned after that? More stories, of course. She’s a junkie. She couldn’t quit if she wanted to.

9 Responses to “Giveaway! — The Nature of Small Birds”

  1. Vivian Furbay July 28, 2021 at 6:12 am #

    I would like to read this book. Your synopsis sounds very interesting.

  2. Amy July 28, 2021 at 7:15 am #

    Would LOVE a copy of this book!!!

  3. Twila Mason July 28, 2021 at 8:33 am #

    Sounds like a great read! I’d love to read it.

  4. Barbara Harper July 28, 2021 at 9:31 am #

    I’ve never read this author, but I’d love to give her a try.

  5. Cindy Davis July 28, 2021 at 10:46 am #

    I passed on the opportunity to read a copy of this book and now regret it. I have heard so many great things about it. Happy reading!

  6. Pam K. July 28, 2021 at 8:12 pm #

    I’ve read several of Susie’s books and really enjoyed them. I’d love to win a copy of The Nature of Small Birds. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Deena Adams July 31, 2021 at 7:33 am #

    I’ve never read any of Susie’s books but have heard a lot of great things about them. I’d love to win a copy of this one! Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. Kate Ritz July 31, 2021 at 5:23 pm #

    I would LOVE it!!!!

  9. Patty August 2, 2021 at 7:25 pm #

    I love this title and cover!

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