The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner: Book Review
About the Book:
Title The Nature of Small Birds
Author: Susie Finkbeiner
Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction
Release Date: July 6, 2021
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.
The Nature of Small Birds is one of those books where I reached the end, shut the book, closed my eyes, and simply reveled in the thrill of an excellently done story. In fact, it took a week of contemplation before I felt like I might be able to write a review. The story was that powerful. It wasn’t just the characters and how real they seemed (though that’s true as well). It was more about the strength and perseverance of this family and all they managed to overcome. Together. Though the story is about Mindy, we never see from her point of view, and I can’t help but think the story is incredibly powerful for seeing everything through the eyes of the people who love her. All baby birds must leave the nest sometime. Each character point of view was unique, and I have to say I loved the teenage snark and all the 80s vibes. This book is one of the rare few that I wish I could go back and experience it again like it’s the first time. I’ll definitely be reading it again. I recommend you do too. I received a copy of this book from RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.