Jack Dixon's mixed-up childhood has left him with pieces to a puzzle he can’t yet solve. After working for years in his grandfather’s Main Street dress shop, successful despite Walmart, Jack loses the business to his uncle Frank, leaving him nowhere to turn but the local Food Lion, where he tries to find the same satisfaction in supplying the town with apples, onions, and Swiss chard that he did i...
Paperback: 335 pages
Publisher: Independently published (July 31, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Amazon Rank: 2779274
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I am a big fan of fiction that presents the mundane struggles of everyday life – especially family drama - so As Birds Fly Upward by Ellie Putman hit all the right marks for me. I loved the writing style, which is often lyrical and poetic.In this no...
its upper-class women with church clothes. At Food Lion, he also finds Ashleigh, divorced mother of two and insecure master of self-checkout lines. The two begin a tentative relationship, bordered by the matronly tyranny they both endure and the First Methodist Christmas pageant, which Ashleigh’s mother directs every year in a style that pleases herself, displeases Jack’s grandmother, and terrorizes the children who participate. Told in alternating time lines, the present-day pageant debacles are given depth and meaning by tenacious pasts that show how even the most mundane lives shelter secret joys and fears. From Amelia—an elderly disabled woman who stages a nursery tea party as a cover for stealing a pageant costume—to Jack’s grandfather’s hectic passing and an artist-beekeeper’s nighttime exploits, As Birds Fly Upward is a study of the human condition, of the intricacies in the lives of every person and mix in every town, and of the puzzles we all try to complete, one odd piece at a time.