Today I am over the moon to present you with “Sparrow In The Wind” by S. Rose. I have featured this author a few times and must admit I’m a big fan.
Funny how memories work, the things you remember, the things forgotten, the things that change you. Back in the summer of 1962, ten year-old Cassandra Parsons has her life all figured out. She lives with her father and mother in the upstairs flat of a well-appointed two family house in a pleasant neighborhood of Racine, Wisconsin. Her maternal aunt and grandfather live right downstairs and her best friend Kitty has always lived two doors down. Cassandra’s well-ordered world comes undone when her father decides to move his nuclear family to the backwoods of Northern Wisconsin, to renovate and manage his father’s hunting lodge. Isolated and friendless, she is suddenly left to her own devices as her parents plunge themselves into their new business endeavor. Loneliness and self-pity gradually give way to growth as Cassandra learns to appreciate the beauty of nature and the peace of quietude. Soon she meets a half-Ojibwa girl named Sparrow. The girls become fast friends and have a final fling with childhood, spending their last carefree days fishing in the river and roaming the woods, pretending to be ancient Ojibwa. But their sweet Indian summer comes to an abrupt end as tragedy strikes both girls’ families. Cassandra and Sparrow’s friendship is tested as they try to forge a mature, enduring relationship that hopefully will see them through even these darkest of times.
The first 5 Star Amazon Review says this:
This is such a wonderful and bittersweet story. The portrayal of the 1960ies has an amazing authenticity that engulfs the reader immediately. Transported into the childhood of our protagonist Cassandra the narrative shines with an equally inspired voice. The perfect setting for a childhood friendship, innocence and its eventual loss.
Rose does a marvellous job at portraying a Norwegian family with great accuracy of cultural idiosyncrasies without reducing them to boring stereotypes.
The main characters are very well drawn and likeable, the prose elegant and evocative.
One of the characters has haemophilia, a rare condition that I have some knowledge of. The author clearly has, too. I’ve enjoyed finding this lesser known subject as part of a novel.
The book is very moving and rewarding until the last word of the epilogue that ties up everything beautifully.
A book of high literary quality that I can’t recommend enough.
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