How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
By Connie May Fowler
(Grand Central Publishing, Paperback, 9780446540698, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.
Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. In 1996, she published Before Women Had Wings, which became a paperback bestseller and was made into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She founded the Connie May Fowler Women With Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need.
"In this novel by best-selling author Fowler (The Problem with Murmur Lee), past and present lives collide in magical and violent ways with surprising, liberating, and redeeming results. The colorful characters include an almost-angel, carnival dwarves, and anthropomorphic animals, and the result is folksy and sophisticated, and humorous yet at times grave and appalling, with the sins of the past clearly depicted. VERDICT A seductive and thoroughly satisfying read."
"In this magical, funny, at times heartbreaking book, Connie May Fowler has shown us that even a house fly can have a point of view. Compact and enchanting, yet achingly dark, it reminds me of the novels of Alice McDermott and Alice Hoffman that I love to read. Now Fowler gives us a mid-summer's night dream of her own!"
-Mary Morris, author of Revenge
"A huge-hearted, ebullient novel about ghosts, tragedy, love, redemption and one extraordinary woman's wild ride to self-discovery. Blazingly original, the remarkable Fowler breaks your heart, makes you believe in love, and whispers unbreakable truths about who we are really meant to be."
-Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble