Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Enchanting Review: The Anatomy Of Wings

Contemporary Young Adult
ISBN# 978-0-375-85643-3
288 Pages
Hardcover—Available February 10, 2009

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Young Jennifer Day is struggling to deal with the sudden loss of her older sister Beth. With the help of her best friend, Angela, Jennifer begins to construct a book of clues to find where her singing voice has gone and in the process, beautifully tells the story of what happened to her sister. In the end, will the memories help her finally sing again?

Ms. Foxlee creates a wonderful read with her debut novel. Set in Australia, she paints a vibrant portrait of life in a small mining town in the early 1980s, while dealing with the difficult subject of the loss of a sibling. Told in a wonderful voice, THE ANATOMY OF WINGS is truly an endearing story that comes alive on the pages. Watching the changes in Beth that slowly pull her away from her family and lead up to her tragic death and the effect it has on Jennifer and her family, even her neighbors is wonderfully told. But what I really loved about this book was how no small detail didn’t matter. When Jennifer and Angela sneak the box with Beth belongings out and go through it, everything inside the box belongs to a memory that tells the story of what happened to Beth. Even the introduction of the neighbors and the chapters told through the eyes of the different characters show things that lead up and tie in nicely to the end of the story. All in all, THE ANATOMY OF WINGS is an enjoyable debut novel.

Karen Foxlee won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Emerging Author, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best First Book and the Dobbie Encouragement Award for THE ANATOMY OF WINGS. She lives with her baby daughter and two cats in Queensland, Australia.

Enchanting Reviews
February 2009

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