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Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
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Mar 18, 2012

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This book was about discovery. Koly was trying to discover who she was without realizing what she was trying to do. Koly was given in marriage way too early to a boy who was way too young and sickly to even have a wife. His family knew what they were doing. Even though they just wanted the dowry money to get their son better, they knew that he would die and Koly would be a widow. In that culture, being a widow is dooming. Koly was never given the chance to discover herself and find anything she is good at doing. She lives for many years with her late husband's parents, as is the custom in her country. She is treated as a slave and never loved, at least by her sass. This eventually leaves her lost and alone in a strange town. For a while, she lives on a doorstep, but eventually finds her way into a home for widows through the help of a kind boy, Raji. Koly always made quilts, but she discovers that she can get paid for her quilt-making abilities. She is able to live off of this salary, eventually making her life better. At the end of the book, she is given a second chance for life. She gets a marriage proposal from Raji! This never happens for widows in this culture, but Koly finally discovered herself and embraced it--and so did Raji. The homeless bird has finally found a place where she can belong and be loved!

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