Birds of Paradise
By Diana Abu-Jaber
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393342598, 362pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2011 Indie Next List
“Avis Muir is an architect in the kitchen, who builds acclaimed pastries from flours and fondants and candied decorations. Her husband, Brian, is a lawyer for one of the most respected developers in Miami, who helps create a new international hub of wealth and opulence. So why have they had so much trouble constructing a nuclear family? Abu-Jaber's novel of family dysfunction, cultural adaptation, and human resilience in the face of tragedy ponders the joys and limitations of family, friendship, and career with powerful results.”
-- Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
At thirteen, Felice Muir ran away from home to punish herself for some horrible thing she had done--leaving a hole in the hearts of her pastry-chef mother, her real estate attorney father, and her foodie-entrepreneurial brother. After five years of scrounging for food, drugs, and shelter on Miami Beach, Felice is now turning eighteen, and she and the family she left behind must reckon with the consequences of her actions--and make life-affirming choices about what matters to them most, now and in the future.