By Kathy Wilson Florence
This book does a bit of time travel in that in one chapter, you’re in the turbulent 1960s and in the next chapter, you’re in 2003 and 2004. This was a bit frustrating for me at first because I tend to prefer chronological order. But, it grew on me and the back and forth rhythm became a bit of a comfort, a respite from the sad parts of one time frame or the other.
There are lots of smiles and tears shared, along with memories of events during the Civil Rights movement, integration, and personal family heartbreaks. We get to witness some of the trials of the teenage years, some rather graphic, and those of the not-so-very young years.
Jaybird’s Song ultimately becomes about the struggle of the little girl inside of a hurting middle-aged woman, struggling to reconcile the love and the hurt of her family’s past and bringing that love – and forgiveness – forward to share with her children.
It is a great book and I give Jaybird’s Song all five stars. It has made me do a great deal of soul-searching myself. Maybe it will do the same for you.
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