Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Bird House by Kelly Simmons

In her 70's, Ann Biddle is thrilled to be able to spend time with her eight-year-old granddaughter, Ellie. Bonding over Ellie's school project about their family causes Ann to remember her own life as a young mother in the '60s. Ann's life at the time was difficult--an absent husband and a headstrong daughter contributed greatly to her unhappiness. In the present, slowly developing Alzheimer's, Ann struggles to maintain a relationship with Ellie while family secrets come to light. In The Bird House as with her first novel Standing Still, Simmons combines a story of a woman's life with revelations that keep the reader turning the pages.

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