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Recent Arrivals: Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline

by Ann-Katrina

Recent Arrivals chronicles the books that have made their way onto the Today, I Read… bookshelf. Here’s the latest arrival: Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline

Bird in Hand

First line: For Alison, these things will always be connected: the moment [...]

Initial thoughts: I have to admit that I’m a sucker for character exploration. In that sense, I’m a voyeur. Sometimes I’ll get into a mood where I just want to read about people–interesting people, mind you–and the choices they make and how it affects their lives. In that regard, Bird in Hand seems like a perfect choice. Plus, I’ve heard so many people raving about its writing that I couldn’t help but resist…and from the first couple of chapters I’ve read, I’d say they are right.

Book description:

It was an accident. It was dark, it was raining, Alison had only had two drinks. And the other car ran the stop sign. But Alison finds herself trapped under the crushing weight of grief and guilt, feeling increasingly estranged from her husband…

Charlie, who has his own burdens. He’s in a job he doesn’t love so that Alison can stay at home with the kids (and why isn’t she more grateful for that?); he has a house in the suburbs and a long commute to and from the city. And the only thing he can focus on these days is his secret, sudden affair with…

Claire, Alison’s best friend. Bold where Alison is reserved, vibrant where Alison is cautious, Claire has just had her first novel published, a thinly veiled retelling of her childhood in North Carolina. But even in the whirlwind of publication, Claire can’t stop wondering if she should leave her husband…

Ben, an ambitious architect who is brilliant, kind, and meticulous. And who wants nothing more than a baby, or two–exactly the kind of life that Charlie and Alison seem to have…

Book Details: 288 pages; William Morrow; Pub. August 11, 2009

Comments on Recent Arrivals: Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline

  1. # Sravana wrote on January 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm:

    This book seems so interesting. May I suggest that you pick up “Mrs.Kimble” by Jennifer Hiagh. It’s similar to this story, except that in this novel, it is about 1 man, from the perspective of 3 different women. It’s a great book. I think you will like it.

  2. # Belle wrote on January 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm:

    This isn’t quite my cup of tea, but I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far. The cover’s quite intriging!

  3. # Ann-Kat wrote on January 25, 2010 at 6:33 pm:

    @sravana: my tbr has you to thank for the additional book. :) i had to check out ‘mrs. kimble’ after reading your comment and you’re right, it’s intriguing.

    @belle: thanks belle. it is a nice cover, isn’t it? i especially love the blue and the bird painting. strange, i know.

  4. # Micro Read-a-Thon Update, Reviews in Queue, and the Week Ahead - Today, I Read… wrote on February 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm:

    [...] then move on to something weightier; Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh (which I snagged thanks to a recommendation by Sravana) or Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline [...]

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