Shortridge has written a compelling, provocative novel that is certain to spark numerous conversations and hopefully drive some people to action to help those less fortunate then themselves. And I truly hated to see the novel end. But Officer Villareal is then touched by the love she sees between the father and child so she takes matters into her own hands, breaks the rules, all to stand up for what she believes is best. The father and daughter characters were more 2 dimensional in this story. When She Flew is about finding one's convictions to break the mold and follow the right path.
I was scared for her when the police invade her home and try to separate her from her father. I found myself stretching my definitions of family and home. McCracken started reading it while eating at a pub. The story flows across the pages and I lost track of time as I read. Officer Villareal is a mother who hasn't exactly lived up to her own expectations as an officer or as a mother, but she copes with her circumstances by working and burying herself in memories of her daughter Nina, who escaped her mother's tight supervision to live with her father and raise her own son.
After authorities and the media descended they eventually disappeared under the scrutiny. I understand why Shortridge wrote Jess that way-she needed a plausible motivation for her actions in the story. I especially liked the voice of Lindy, the 13 year old girl who had been living in the forest with her father. Recent violent crimes against children have the police force on high alert. I have an Uncorrected Proofs copy of this book, and reading the little summary blurb on the back cover, I wasn't sure what I would think about the book, or if I would even like it that much. When the promise of a job was denied him because of his disability they travel deep into the woods and establish a home.
Some of the ones I come across almost seem preplanned sometimes. I kind of found Jessica weak. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. It also shows that human side of police officers who find themselves involved in domestic disputes and don't always agree with the law. As I was reading about Jessica and her relationship with her own daughter, I was struck with how realistically her life was drawn.
A lifelong volunteer, she is the co-founder and executive director of , a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy. However, when she comes upon Ray who is a wounded war veteran and his bright 13 year old daughter Lindy, little does she realize that she will be at a moral crossroads. In 2013, Shortridge's fifth novel, Love Water Memory, will be published by Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. The police pursue them, the media pursues them, and city officials become hardened in their determination to separate Lindy from her only parent for the crime of being homeless. I love birds and owls, so I felt an affinity for Lindy.
As soon as I started reading I knew I was going to enjoy this book. They chased after her, only to discover and she was not alone. She is a young lady with a soul much older than her years, which in this case, is not necessarily a bad thing. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Rhapsody In Books with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. However, once in a while there comes a time when those rules need to be looked at closely and humanity needs to come in to place and those rules should have the option to be bended or overruled in those certain circumstances. The Rest of It: This is one of those stories that flows effortlessly. It will grab you from the start and warm your heart with its originality and honesty.
Jennie Shortridge was inspired by the true life story of a Vietnam Veteran and his daughter who had been living in the woods for a number of years. They had lived in the wooded park for four years, living off the land. Approaching 40, divorced, and estranged from her daughter who has a child of her own, Jess is doubting herself, doubting the choices she has made throughout her life. The novel is peppered with beautiful imagery and a number of passages with birds, which emphasize flight and escape. It truly makes you think about what home really is and family and that sometimes in trying to do good the system actually does harm when it seperates families who are only guilty of poverty. However, when she comes upon Ray who is a wounded war veteran and his bright 13 year old daughter Lindy, little does she realize that she will be at a moral crossroads. When She Flew, a fictional story based on true events, is told in alternating narratives by two of the main characters.
But then Jess discovers a girl and her father living off the radar in the Oregon woods, avoiding the comforts—and curses—of modern life. There it was simple--kill or be killed. I especially liked the voice of Lindy, the 13 year old girl who had been living in the forest with her father. You have a true gift for creating characters that feel so real and whose lives I feel a part of as I read. Jennie Shortridge's new novel, When She Flew, is a fictional account of a real life father and daughter, who in 2004, were found living in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon.
What intrigued Shortridge was that one of the officers on the case, a single father, felt that they shouldn't be separated - few agreed with him. When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge is the type of novel that engulfs you as you read the story. And yet underneath that tough exterior lies someone who is has a good heart, but is also lonely and sad. Can a brave act on her part to help this father and daughter provide redemption for her soul? But yours trumps mine, since you got a visit from the author :-. The city in the story is actually Portland and the Park is Forest Park in Portland. They take care of their camp and the forest around them; respecting the animals and the plant life that share their home. The seeds of a story can come from anywhere: a conversation overheard, the sound of a train rolling by, our own life experiences or even a story heard in the news.