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Canary and the Mothman

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  29 reviews inspired-by-true-events tale of Jesse a young boy growing up in Georgia's rural Blue Ridge Mountains and burdened with the "family secret".
Jesse is pressured to keep the secret through intimidation, threats and violence but ultimately it's the SILENCE that proves his most difficult adversary. Jesse begins his journey on his family's farm during WW2 and winds his way
Paperback, 279 pages
Published October 31st 2020 by FowlBird Publishing
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Dec 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was unable to finish this novel due to the repetitive references to the abuse inflicted by the grandmother and Locke. I didn’t find the abuse triggering, rather, I felt they they weighed down the storyline. I could not get emotionally invested.

Thank you to the author for providing me a copy of his book.
Elizabeth Connor
This book held so much promise. I read the first chapter before agreeing to read and review the entire book, and I was excited to start. Jesse, narrating from first-person POV, was a likable character who immediately earned my sympathy. There was no mention of this being a cliffhanger with another book to follow, but to be honest, by the time I reached the end, I was so confused, it didn’t matter. I’m tempted to give this book two stars, but I’m erring on the side of generosity because I think i ...more
Lori Sinsel Harris
I just finished "The Canary and the Mothman", by Emory Moon, and Wow ! I don't know exactly what I expected going into this book, but Wow! It grabbed me from page 1 and didn't let go. The writing is excellent, great flow, with strong character development. I felt as if I was there with the main character Jesse experiencing and feeling all the emotional and physical abuse he endured.

I must issue a warning, this book does touch several sensitive subjects, such as child abuse, sexual and physica
Mc Chanster
Intense, emotional, and hard to put down. This was Canary and the Mothman in a nutshell.

Right from the beginning, readers are introduced to Jesse – 8 years old, illiterate, and a victim of a controlling and abusive household. He is expected to do his chores, fulfill his role in the ‘family business’, and not ask questions. For a while he manages, but when it all gets to be too much, he runs. While he is successful in his escape, Jesse also finds that even though he is no longer on the farm, the
Ruth Coulson
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book I thought I would not like it too much. Then as I read on I liked it more and more.

Jesse Ridge was part of a family which made its living by making moonshine whiskey. The family business was not the only secret the family was keeping. Jesse was one of the youngest members of the family and even at eight years of age was already experiencing all kinds of abuse. My goodness, Granny, the matriarch of the family was a real Tartar. For much of the early part of the b
Laura Conway
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure that I was fully prepared for this book. It deals with a lot of triggers. While I was so sad reading it I will say that I liked reading it from another perspective (males). The characters were so realistic and the book was written so well that I think that’s why it broke my heart in a lot places. But like all good written characters you cheer for a better life. The ending was good. My best advice is to enjoy the boom put yourself in the right emotional feelings first. It deals with ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Canary and the Mothman was an unexpected read. Emory Moon writes with honesty and emotion and in this novel he takes the reader on an emotional ride through the life of a young boy, Jesse, who faces hardships and adversity in the only life he knows. Painfully poignant at times this book gives a frightenly realistic view of what life was like for many in the early part of the 20th century. How Jesse and the author handle his experiences and road towards adulthood in a family of lies and shame whe ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed "Canary and the Mothman." Jesse's life story is told in a direct and forthcoming way. I like the honesty of the book and the real issues that Jesse faces. This is a great book for anyone who has gone through a long struggle. Jesse struggles with difficult family and other problems, and Jesse is a very strong character. ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The story was well written, the characters were well developed, and it was a rollercoaster of feelings and emotions!
Kimberly Tierney
Trigger warnings for suicide and sexual abuse of a child.

This is the story of Jesse, starting at age 8 and progressing through into his 30s. He is growing up in a very controlling and abusive household. There are a lot of secrets and sketchy behavior in this house. And a lot of damage put on to a young boy. Eventually, Jesse leaves the family farm and ends up in West Virginia. He never finds a stable home for longer than a few years, and all of those homes come with their own problems.

The writin
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
Intriguing tale of young boy in trying times in Rural Appalachian Georgia. His character is well developed and the story has enough action plus twists 7 turns to keep the reader interested. A very good read!
Cassidy Dellemonache
There aren't many books that acknowledge a man's experience with abuse and mental health, our community needs books like Canary and the Mothman to help start conversations that need to be had. A quick read, totally finished the book and wanted to know more! ...more
Pam Watmore
I received this book via Voracious Readers. It is about a young boy, Jesse growing up in Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia on the family farm where they have an illegal still. The family is run the the dominant windowed Matriarch and has various members of the extended family living there. It is a strange book and easy to follow to start with but takes twists and turns following the fate of Jesse. He runs away from the farm where there has been a murder, suicides and sexual assault.

Over the years,
L. Leah
3.5 stars

Thank you to Emory Moon for allowing me to read the ARC of Canary and the Mothman. This was a fast read and kept me intrigued up to about three-quarters of the book. I do want to give a **trigger warning** due to rape (involving children) and suicide. With that said, it was difficult for me to get through those parts of the book.

The last quarter or so the book became something disjointed. It involves the same main and supporting characters from the beginning as they continue through lif
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate getting this book for free. This book had potential but sooooo much bad happens and the second half of the book is just all over the place.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read. I finished the book in one day(I couldn't put it down). You'll cry and get attached to multiple characters. This book has a great, heartfelt story line with unexpected turns and events. Be prepared to look inward and anticipate the next book! ...more
Rachel Dawn Drenning
Absolutely brilliant story so far. Hope we don't have to wait long for the second half. This was a heartbreaking tale to read, but so needed. The male species of the world don't have enough survival tales out there. Many triggers in this book for some, so that needs to be noted. This author will definitely go far. ...more
Mordechai Bodner
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me longer than I like to get into the stream, but I enjoyed the book. Looking forward to the sequel.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I didn't care for it much. It's a very depressing book, which is fine. My issues with this book mostly have to do with the way it was written. The first half of it is decent, if a bit slow moving, so I'll give it two stars for that. The second half of the book is a jumbled mess. There are abrupt jumps back and forth through time, passages that seemingly have no point to the story, and random POV changes. Honestly, it was just confusing ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written exceptionally well. The author definitely has a gift with words. The scene is set beautifully and the characters feel very real, probably because it is based on real life experiences. There are multiple scenes of abuse, so if that is triggering for you then I would avoid this. Jesse's story is very captivating, I didn't start this book thinking I'd be on the edge of my seat, but I was. I wanted to see what happened, how he dealt with everything, how he survived. It's entranc ...more
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well. I'm not quite sure what to do here. This was a tough read in that it involves child abuse in may forms, including sexual abuse. But the first half is very well written. Very readable and very engaging. The characters are vivid and real, though the age, education, and thought processes of Jesse don't really match up. I want more from this. It ended with a "to be continued" so I'm not really sure what happened.
I enjoyed reading history about areas of my home state. I do love when I can goog
Janalyn Prude
I think if this book could be revised and a little bit of rewriting it would be a smash it. I love the writing I love the sentiment everything was really great about the book except for how it was all put together. I thought Jessie spoke above his station in life and although he could’ve been much smaller than his family members he still would have to hear these words in order to know what they mean. Not to mention the thing with the grandma got a little old because I already started really disl ...more
Kelly  Darbyshire
Well, I was enjoying this, it was engaging and wanted to understand what happened to the characters... It was at least 4 stars... Until the last 2 chapters.

Maybe I should have have known it was the first in a series, however it feels like it ends right in the middle of the story, it is unfinished - there is no explanation for the last quarter of the book, I am so disappointed, I want to find out what happens, but don't know if I want to invest in the next part of the book... Such a shame!
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Canary and the Mothman
Basically this book is about an 8 yr old boy who runs away from his farm.  What follows could easily be real as this boy turns into a mixed up man.  All I really can say is that it kept me turning the pages to the end.
Carol Bodin
Left hanging

The storyline was great until the last chapters. It took a weird turn and ended leaving you to wait until the next book. No waiting for me. I’ll gladly let the story go, since clearly the author did that anyway in the last chapters.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First half was detailed and well written, from a young lad's POV. Second half wandered so much I got a bit lost. Was then confronted with a 'to be continued' flag rather than 'The End'. ...more
Kathryn Bamber
The beginning of the story was great, however as the book progressed and the character went through events, it became kind of confusing and hard to follow
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what I was going to read when I first dived into the book. I was so engaged from the first few pages. The story may be hard for some people to read due to the abuses.

It was a page turner until the last quarter. It was just confusing and I couldnt figured out what actually happened. It was based on true events so it was hard to imagine how a person could able to handle so much.

I received a free copy of the book from the author via VoraciousReadersOnly.
Emory Moon
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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