Book Review: Silhouette of a Sparrow
It’s the 1920’s and teenage Garnet is being groomed for proper comfortable wifehood. She has a steady boyfriend, a slew of lovely dresses, and a hope chest that is almost full of handmade things she has made for her future married home. She is uneasy about it all, possesses inklings that she would like her life to be more of her own.
She gets sent to stay with wealthy family members at a lakeside resort town during a summer (while her parents try to work through their own marital issues), and her world gets a bit bigger. . .
Saying more would probably give away too many little nuances of the plot. What I can say, however, is that it’s clear that a lot of research (both period and ornithological) went into this well-structured book. It is well-written, and the relatively slim volume reads rather quickly. The coming-of-age narrative and the queer narrative and the race and class narrative all flow together smoothly– this is not a single-issue story.
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