May Johnson used to be an ordinary wife and mother. Now, she’s a middle-aged millionaire, grieving the loss of her family. The only living relative she has left is her smothering younger sister. May’s sanity is already threatened when tensions rise, so she sets out to find solitude in Florida. However, life has other plans for her.
Animal encounters, unlikely friendships, sisterly squabbles and hilarious scenarios take May on an unforgettable journey from the depths of grief to a new life. But, will she embrace it?
Funny books are so hard to come by these days. Wait, let me rephrase that. Good, clean, funny, PG books are hard to come by these days. Every once in a while I will read a book with a funny part, and it is refreshing. This book fits that bill. Sure, it’s about a woman that has lost her family, and that is sad, but it doesn’t dwell on it. Isn’t that how it is in real life? Don’t we deal with death, and then keep living? Or that is how it’s supposed to work. The main character, May Johnson, does exactly what we all want to do when we lose someone close to us. She shuts down. When she finally gets enough of her little sister trying to help her, she runs away. Again, wouldn’t we all like to do that sometimes?
This is a story that many of us can relate to. It is a little sad, but it is also, fast-paced, witty and heartwarming! You not only get May Johnson’s point of view as the griever, but you also get the point of view of her sister, as the caregiver. There are unlikely friendships, good deeds, and conversations with a bird. Please tell me that you talk to animals too.
This is E.J. Stillings debut novel, and it is a winner! I absolutely love this book! I will be suggesting this book to my IRL book club, and I just know they will love it!
My Bird Story
Now, let me tell you about what happened here the same day I finished this book.
It was a Sunday afternoon, I was settling in to read a little and nap a lot. I had just finished this book, The Crying Bird by E.J. Stillings, and decided that I would get a drink of water before I fell asleep. I went to the kitchen sink, and sitting in front of the kitchen window was a pigeon. I couldn’t believe it. I grabbed my phone and started snapping pictures. We live in the middle of nowhere, seriously, and I’ve never seen a pigeon out here. They are all in town. I don’t know why, but they are. I noticed that there was a band on it’s little leg, so I started trying to get all the number off it. That is harder than it sounds. Several pictures later I got it. I got some bird feed and some water and set out to make friends with this pigeon that I started calling Pete. Pete the Pigeon. Anywhoo, he wouldn’t eat or drink unless I was holding the plate. I knew he had to belong to someone. I took the number and got online. Believe it or not, I found the owner! Through Facebook and text messaging, he told me that it is a homing pigeon (I had figured that out) and they had had a trial run of the homing pigeon race. You can’t make this stuff up. I never knew they raced. I ended up catching him, who ended up being a her, put her in a pet carrier, and returned her to her rightful owner. I thought it was funny that I had just finished reading this book, and then had an encounter with a bird that very same day.
Get this book! You won’t regret it!