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The Nature of Small Birds

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"Finkbeiner has deftly written this narrative of ordinary people finding their way, set against a backdrop of global upheaval and war; the characters are realistic and vibrant. Readers looking for realist family stories with a subtle thread of faith . . .will want to read Finkbeiner's latest."--Library Journalstarred review


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.

"A balanced story that's rich with nuance and gentle emotions."--
Foreword Reviews

"Readers who enjoy the work of Karen Kingsbury will want to take a look."--
Publishers Weekly

Genre: Inspirational

Praise for this book

"A beautiful story about the intricacies of family and the power of love. Most definitely a must-read novel." - Heidi Chiavaroli

"To open a book by Susie Finkbeiner is to accept an invitation to become part of a family you'll never forget." - Jocelyn Green

"Susie Finkbeiner has such an inviting and distinctive voice as a writer that you'll gladly follow it--and follow her--to any setting." - Valerie Fraser Luesse

"Fiction at its finest." - Christina Suzann Nelson

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