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the thing with feathers
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18+
Release Date
September 11, 2013
ISBN
978-1-61862-310-2
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...Perhaps grief is the price that must be paid for the privilege of love and kinship.

The sign of a good book is if it has the ability to remove you from your current place and time, and transport you into someone else’s world. Author Anne Sweazy-Kulju’s ability to transport the reader into a different era and place has the potential to transform you. Her characters are not your average beings with commonplace traits and thoughts. They are dark, they are broken, but most of all they are unapologetically human. the thing with feathers, Sweazy-Kulju’s debut novel, is a dark and seething tale of love and the daring spirit.

Blair is just sixteen years old and pregnant. Her father is the town’s fire-and- brimstone preacher, and he is brutal. This little girl needs a hero, just as one providentially happens by. But as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. In the spirit of “Chinatown”, this story is tactile and edgy, as real life can be; and real life isn’t always pretty. Blair weathers the loss of one battle after another with the preacher, but will she win the most important fight—and at what cost?

"the thing with feathers" is a very well written saga. The subject matter is very dark and not for someone who prefers fairy tales and hollow love stories. The love between Sean and Blair is the very humanistic kind. It is raw and flawed. But that is what makes it memorable." {ContemporaryBooks.com}

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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
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I really enjoyed reading The Thing with Feathers by Anne Sweazy-Kulju. This story starts off in the 1920s and is about the lives of Blair Bowman and Will Marshall. Blair has been abused by her father since she was a little girl. Will decides to sacrifice his own happiness in order to rescue Blair from him. The story then follows them through the years and the hardships that they both suffer.

The Thing with Feathers is made up of all the good stuff that keeps the reader from putting it down. I like that Sweazy-Kulju did not write a fairytale. In this story there is incest, secrets, and never ending drama. This is what makes the story believable, because it is eerily similar to real life. The story did not end the way I expected, but I rather like not being able to guess what happens in a book. The character of Will is a hero in my eyes and I cannot imagine anyone these days ever sacrificing their own happiness to save a stranger. I honestly felt Will’s pain throughout the book. Although it was Will's choice in helping Blair, the story makes the saying “No good deed goes unpunished” stand out.

The main message that I got from this awesome book was that if you care for someone, then let them know today. Tomorrow may be too late. This story made me appreciate my family more. I think Anne Sweazy-Kulju did a great job. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
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BOOK HONORS: 2015 READERS’ FAVORITES 5-Star Review Medal * BOOK CLUB READING LIST Featured Book * CONTEMPORARY BOOKS’ BOOK POLL What-To-Read-Next (Oct 2014) Winner * AUTHORS DB.COM Cover Contest Semi-Finalist.
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