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3.07.2016

The Feathered Bone ~ Review

The Feathered Bone
By Julie Cantrell

Her world seemed perfect.  Close friends that she had had since childhood.  A loving husband.  A daughter who is pride and joy.  But in an instant her life comes undone.

A class field trip to New Orleans was a perfect day until one student went missing.  Amanda Salassi promised her best friend that she would keep their girls in her sight.  But a few minutes was all it took and Sarah was gone.

Ellie and Sarah had been best friends forever and Sarah's loss propels Ellie into a world of isolation, depression, and guilt.  As her daughter disappears into her pain Amanda's marriage seemingly implodes.

Finding Sarah is their one hope in the midst of their grief and guilt. But when the region is devastated by Katrina hope slowly starts to slip away.

This is a story in which historical events over the last few years are combined in such a way as to create a moving and compelling story.  Depression, abusive situations, trafficking, abduction, and a natural disaster - these events take place over several years so that this book does not read like a disaster movie with everything taking place over a series of hours or days.

Be sure to have a box of tissue nearby as you read through The Feathered Bone.  Tragedy and the triumph of the human spirit are portrayed with a surprising parallel to a bird feather.  This is a book you won't want to miss reading.

I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.


About the Book:
“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all 
the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But 
the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.
Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.
Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.
Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.