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Matthew Reilly is a lonely priest haunted by secrets. Young Alison is the shy and devoted keeper of Daisy, a falcon that suffered an accident and can no longer fly. When they meet in a Boston parish, Matt tells Alison about the day a decade ago when he missed the plane out of Logan Airport that tore into one of the Twin Towers. What he hasn't told her is that among the ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 30th 2019 by Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I don't tend to pick up much in the way of religious fiction so at first I wasn't sure how I would get on with The Tender Birds, a novel set within Catholic communities in Toronto and Boston. As it turns out, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and especially appreciated the sense of calm and tranquillity it created for me. I soon realised that, while several of the central characters practice their faith devoutly, the novel itself wasn't
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James Fisher
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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It's been three years since her last book, All That is Solid Melts Into Air, and the wait was worth it. Such delicate thoughts and emotions are conveyed throughout the entire book. Amazing.
Carla
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Tender Birds is a powerful book that left me in tears and touched my heart.

The author starts the book off with an individual rushing to make a flight but unfortunately missing his flight. As we turn the page, we learn that the flight he missed was the flight that crashed into the World Trade Center Towers. The story continues to unfold in a beautiful, mysterious way as we discover how the lives of our two main characters, Alison and Matt are interwoven. We learn how their decisions have
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Angela Thompson
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Tender Birds is a must read. Once I settled into the author's writing style and the elements of the story and the roles and symbolism of the birds took shape in my mind, I couldn't put novel down. The author blends a lot into the novel as her characters reveal pieces of themselves and the Faith-based storyline moves them toward healing and forgiveness. For readers who enjoy realistic fiction with life lessons and Christian messages of hope and healing (without preaching and heavy ...more
Grace Ann
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a hauntingly beautiful story.

At first, the title, "Tenderbirds" struck my curiosity of what this book was all about. It was not just about birds but it was about the great birds of prey and how they became sources of comfort, strength and support for the main characters in the story, Fr. Matt and Alison. With the unfolding of the story also came the revelations of their pasts from Toronto to Boston. The author, Carole Giangrande has certainly succeeded in tugging at the emotions of her
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Amy
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carole Giangrande has written a unique read with The Tender Birds. It is my first introduction to her work. It tells the story of a priest, Matthew, and a falcon keeper, Alison. The two meet in Boston at a parish. After many years that passed, He is still haunted by the events of September 11, 2001 and tells her about it. He was supposed to be on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center. His son was not so lucky. He was among many that lost their life that day. After suffering a heart ...more
Jessica
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The past will always haunt you

This is a beautiful story. I have never read a book like this before. Our past will always haunt us. The only way to move on is to face the reality and learned from that experienced. It will make us stronger or weak and it is a hard choice.

Birds are like person. They need healthy wings to fly and enjoy nature. I feel bad for the birds at work. I wish that they are free and not inside the cages but oh well, that is life.

An extra ordinary book to read, the author
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I'm the author of three novels - All That is Solid Melts into Air (2017), winner of the 2018 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction (published by Inanna), A Forest Burning (2000) and An Ordinary Star (2004), both published by Cormorant Books, along with a short story collection, Missing Persons (1994). My novellas include A Gardener on the Moon (Quattro, 2010), winner of the Ken ...more