The Nature of Small Birds, by Susie Finkbeiner, is a multi-timeline story. It takes place in 1975 when Minh (Mindy) was brought to the United States from Vietnam though Operation Babylift and adopted , 1988 when Mindy and her sister Sonny are teenager and a baby is born into the family, and 2013 when Mindy decides to find her birth family. The story is told by her adoptive parents, Bruce and Linda, and adoptive sister, Sonny.
This is such a good story. We see the love Mindy’s new family has for her and the struggles they deal with having members of their family accept her, because of where she is from. The story also shows the struggles and feeling Mindy has of being different, the only non-caucasian student in her school. This story is so well written and has wonderful loving characters. The story is well researched and seems so real. I found I had to pay close attention to each chapter, the time it was written in and who was telling this part of the story. Yet, I was left thinking about this story long after finishing it.
I received a copy of this story through the Revell Reads program. This is my honest review.
About the Book
In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adopted family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival in their lives.
Though her father supports Mindy’s desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he’ll lose the daughter he’s poured his heart into. Mindy’s mother undergoes the emotional rollercoaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy’s sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family–but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.
Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.
About the Author
Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, and Stories That Bind Us, as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home.
Her next novel The Nature of Small Birds releases in July, 2021.
She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.