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Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber
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Oct 12, 2011

it was amazing

There are books you read for the enjoyment of the story and ones you read for the language of the author. Diana Abu-Jaber has written a book that includes both. You can not help but be swept up in both the riveting story of a young run-away girl on the streets af Miami and the lyrical language of life for her family who struggles to come to terms with her absence.
This book is flavored with the language of food. With the disappearance of Felice, both mother and son turn to their love of food and baking to see their way through the years.
Birds of Paradise follows closely behind Diana's previous works in its food-driven descriptions and themes.
I have loved every one of Abu-Jaber's books and feel that this is her best yet. As a chef, I can not help but be envious of Diana's obvious command of pastries and cooking and her ability to describe the flavors and techniques of cuisine.
This is a wonderfully haunting and gripping novel. You will not be disappointed.
Victoria Allman
author of: SEAsoned - A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
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