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The Thing With Feathers

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  15 reviews
As the inhabitants of Cloverdale, Oregon, welcomed in the twentieth century, they were not unaccustomed to hard times and thorny situations.

Small communities banded together for protection and hope. Heroes and villains were often difficult to decipher.

When an itinerate Baptist preacher arrived with his baby daughter and a wife lost on the trail, there was no one prepared t...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting from start to finish. I really found the way the charters interact with each other fascinating. I found that I could easily relate to them, and that they are refreshingly, real. I am looking forward to reading more of Anne's work.
Defiantly a 5 star read.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Things With Feathers is not a light read and it has some serious issues discussed in it. When I first picked up the book for the tour I was excited because I said man I think I have read a poem with this title and when I looked back I saw that this is indeed a poem by Emily Dickinson called Hope is the things with Feathers. I read that poem again be fore reading the book and man was I totally blown away at how Anne has put everything together and has written a story that is both dark and dis...more
The introduction of the book was confusing at first. As the part of the book, it indeed introduced some history for the story. I found myself bombarded with descriptions and retelling for an introduction. It wasn’t actually bad though it wasn’t that good either. I think if some parts were cut, it could help maintaining the attention of the readers. Honestly, I was tempted to put the book down because I felt a bit dizzy reading those in my e-reader. However, I also understand that as intro, some...more
The good people of Cloverdale needed a minister, so when the recently widowed Preacher Bowman arrived with his infant daughter, they gladly took him in without question. But as his daughter Blair grew older, the preacher's efforts to hide his secrets would entangle the Marshall family and the entire community, leaving a trail of heartache and pain. But Blair would not completely give into the madness in her head, repeating the words of Emily Dickinson:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perch...more
Trish Jackson
Dark but Expertly Crafted
Ironically, although the title comes from an Emily Dickenson poem about hope, this is a story about thwarted hopes and dreams.
The book is extremely well-written, and the author artfully sets the scene by weaving this dark tale around real historical happenings in Oregon in the 1930's and '40's.
Rape, incest, murder, brutalization, betrayal, physical and mental disease, and violent death all play their part in the lives of the very well-defined characters, who are so real...more
Based Press
The Thing With Feathers is an unnerving journey through an Oregon town's history, or better yet, the people that inhabit the town. Evil lurks, it has a face, and it is known.

What the author does very well in The Thing With Feathers is likely to go unnoticed by many. The history is rich and detailed and she has an interesting way of weaving a little poetry subtlety into the mix. (I appreciate that.)

I rarely give 5 stars, but I wholeheartedly offer all five for The Thing With Feathers. I understa...more
Intertwining a poem from Emily Dickenson, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” the author has taken difficult subjects and tackled them directly and without apology. Deeply dark and disturbing, with recurrent themes of brutalization in both physical and spiritual planes, these successive acts all are focused within a small isolated town. The never-ending litany of deaths and the endless barrage of difficulties were a direct juxtaposition to the underlying poem at the center of the story, yet provid...more
Michael Dally
Won this through a goodreads giveaway and though it was very well written, in the end I can't say I actually enjoyed reading it. The characters were all very well crafted, as was the world they inhabited. The pacing of the story was also very good and kept me coming back to see what would happen next. The author makes you genuinely care about the main characters and the repeated tragedies they suffer. This is why in the end I can't say that I actually enjoyed this book as for many of the charact...more
If you are looking for calming, reflective novel, this is not it! It is a disturbing story of a sadistic man who was made a preacher in a small Oregon community. The people were very friendly and accepting of the new preacher and his daughter. The time period begins about 1928 and spans through to about 1945. The country went through some very trying times during those years and small farming communities were not exempt.

The story primarily centers around Preacher Bowman and his daughter, the Ma...more
Anna's Herding Cats!
A light easy read this is not. This was my first time reading Sweazy-Kulju and she's an excellent writer. She can weave together a story that will hold you captive but at the same time it's a story that will break your heart.

The story focuses on the life of Sean Marshall as he grows up, marries and falls in love during the 1930s and 40s in Oregon. He's a good, honorable man that does what he believes is right even if it hurts him. The journey he and his family go through over the years is just...more
Pavarti Tyler
The Thing With Feathers by Anne Sweazy Kulju is an old fashioned multi-generational drama. Gritty and disturbing, Kulju looks at humanities darkest corners and finds the spark of beauty in even the worst situations. It’s hard to believe, but the bitter sweat ending of this book was neither surprising nor unsatisfying. In fact, you close feeling like yes, this is how this story ends. The title didn’t quite jive with me. I get where it’s coming from and the reference and reading the book it’s a l...more
T.R. Heinan
Aug 26, 2013 T.R. Heinan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to T.R. by: Kenneth Weene
Anne Sweazy-Kulju proves that she knows her craft in this dark but intriguing story about the dark secrets of Cloverdale and the challenges faced by one man after his arrival in this Oregon town. I found the book a bit hard to get into at first, but am glad that I got past the first few pages. From that point on, I knew the story was being told by a truly talented writer in a well-constructed plot. The book tackles some dark topics, including rape, violence and incest, but Swazy-Kulju handles it...more
Carina Grossman
An emotional journey through triumph & tragedy that grips you & doesn't ever let you set it down. She beautifully illuminates the struggles of tormented souls at a visceral level that will linger.
Anne pens "The Thing with Feathers" in an interesting but difficult plot for some, dealing with incest, rape and harsh violence in biblical times. Her characters were relate-able and were shown as actual human beings which interacted well with each other. I gripping story line that kept me reading.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Pamela Sweazy
Thought it was fantastic. A realistic but tragic story told as boldly as one could, with taste. And ZI also enjoyed the historic tidbits that the author so cleverly "lets you in on".
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ANNE SWEAZY KULJU is an untimid, unapologetic, wise-ass'd author of historical fiction that thrills, laced with undisciplined psychic impressions (yes, she's seen dead people, but don't get too excited, her "gift" is pretty mediocre...)

Like Groucho Marx, Anne believes that, "outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend (...Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read!")

The quote above is a nice segue i...more
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