Silhouette of a Sparrow

Silhouette of a Sparrow In the summer of sixteen year old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous

  • Title: Silhouette of a Sparrow
  • Author: Molly Beth Griffin
  • ISBN: 9781571317018
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the summer of 1926, sixteen year old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle class homemakiIn the summer of 1926, sixteen year old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle class homemaking But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians her father s wealthy cousin and the matron s stuck up daughter Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.Silhouette of a Sparrow is a coming of age story about a search for wildness in a confining time, and a simultaneous quest for security in an era full of unrest It is the tale of a young woman s discovery of the science of risk and the art of rebellion, and of course, the power of unexpected love.

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    1. This book is lovely. I know it may be terribly twee to use that word to describe a book, but honestly, it’s been a long time since I read a book that was this sweet and earnest.It is only a very short read, though. It took me a few sessions because I wanted to savour it. Normally short books only leave me wanting more, and to be honest, this one did. I felt like it needed an extra 50 to 100 pages. All the drama towards the climax just seems far too neatly resolved, and it kind of made me raise [...]

    2. For me, this novel faithfully represents the concept of "I really liked it" given to the four stars rating. Because I really, really liked it.Several people have written excellent reviews on this book, pointing both faults and qualities of it. And I agree with most of them. So yes, the plot is extremely simple: exactly what the blurb says, nothing more, nothing less. And yes, sometimes the story borders on dullness. But just sometimes – because yes, Griffin's writing style is simply beautiful. [...]

    3. When I saw this book on GR I was excited to read queer YA with some solid female characters, and I wasn't disappointed. Well, the book wasn't great, but I'm glad it's out there. There is interesting historical and conservational stuff in it. There are birds (I like birds). I enjoyed reading the author's end-note about her research and what in the book is based on historical stuff (and how writing the book sparked in her a passion for birding.) The cover is stellar. I would say there are a few di [...]

    4. I think Molly Beth Griffin’s novel Silhouette of a Sparrow might just be the best lesbian young adult novel I’ve ever read. I don’t say that lightly. It has everything I could hope for: effortless yet beautiful writing, an authentic and lovable young heroine, a subtle and moving romance, an environmentalist sub-plot—honestly, what more could you ask for? I think, though, that what I appreciated the most about this book is that, while the romance is cute and sexy and authentic and great, [...]

    5. Silhouette of a Sparrow is a quiet little LGBT coming of age story, set in the 1920s or so? Garnet, the main character, has a passion for birds, a vague hope of going to college, and a summer to spend away from her family. She falls in love with a flapper, decides not to marry the boy who's waiting for her back home, and sets her sights on going to college.While there is drama in the story -- Hannah's outburst at her mother, thunder and hail storms, even a fire in the hotel where Garnet is stayi [...]

    6. A coming of age story set in the 20′s, Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin is a little bit Member of the Wedding (evocative of a time and place) and a little bit Fried Green Tomatoes (a budding relationship between two young women looking to assert themselves). It is charming and beautifully written. This book would be a great historical fiction accompaniment to a High School unit on the roaring 20’s or women’s changing roles in American history.Gigi struggles to balance her fami [...]

    7. Tipping the Velvet PG! In Minnesota! Written by a Grinnellian!The story of a bird-lover and the flapper she befriends/loves while in the resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota.Also it's kind of weird to read after reading so much contemporarily-eraed Betsy-Tacy, which, obviously, has no lesbians. Basically, I loved this. It read really quickly, and really gently. Griffin is a lyricist, and I found myself teary-eyed a bunch of times without quite knowing how I got that way. Which, to me, says the wr [...]

    8. This gets a little extra goodwill for being historical fiction with a lesbian protagonist--something I absolutely think we need to see more of. And it isn't a terrible book at all. But it is disappointing: dull where it should sparkle, matter-of-fact where it should be delicately devastating. As a result I felt increasingly detached from the narrative, watching conflicts and resolutions drift by (and too quickly) without much emotional investment. Even when I wanted to weep or cheer for the char [...]

    9. I'm adding an extra star for this being a great addition to queer literature for teens in the form of a well written historical lesbian romance. It is set in Minnesota, which made me squee with joy at least once.I didn't dislike anything about the book but there is some intensity missing, some spark that would turn my like for this well crafted little book into love.

    10. I love the IDEA of this book. There should absolutely be more YA historical books with lesbian protagonists. But in actuality, I just found this book boring. It did a lot of telling rather than showing. In one instance, a revelation about another character is followed by the narrator's reflection that "now there was an interesting complexity to her character and her situation." Yes, thank you, I get that, no need to drive it home.

    11. This book makes you visualize an entire town and feel as though you've lived there for all your life.This book makes you meet new characters, even unpleasant ones, and be able to familiarize yourself with them.This book makes you squeal and press it against your face to conceal your blushing because, god damn it, Isabella is in love with Garnet.The entire town of Excelsior, Minnesota becomes a warm vacation home that you come to every summer. Griffin's writing has a way of throwing you into the [...]

    12. This was a charming little book. In 1920s America, a high school aged girl named Garnet is sent to spend the summer out in the country with relatives, ostensibly to prevent her from catching polio in the city. (Really, it's to get her away from her father, who has Never Been The Same After The War, in the hopes that some time alone with his wife will perk him up. Hey, it's a thought.) Lesbianism happens - (view spoiler)[and yes, we're talking actual lesbians with kissing and confirmed sex, not j [...]

    13. Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin, published 2012.Historical fiction.Novel.Grades 9-12.Found via Publishers Weekly, reviewer not credited.In 1926, 16-year-old Garnet goes to spend the summer with her aunt and cousin while her mother tries to help her father overcome his issues post-WWI. Though Garnet's aunt insists she act proper, Garnet manages to acquire a job at a hat shop, and she spends her free time cutting out silhouettes of birds—her one concession to her childhood love of [...]

    14. I didn't have high hopes for this book when I checked it out on a whim. Historical LGBT lit has a tendency to be breathtakingly depressing, given the times its set in, but this manages to skirt that while still maintaining an honesty to the period. I enjoyed Garnet's point of view. She had a nice blend of Interesting Heroine personality quirks and typical ladylike things of the day - like being good at sewing, or being shocked by pants. It made her feel more realistic and also made her character [...]

    15. It's the 1920s, and the world is changing, but Garnet's family wishes otherwise. Their expectations are clear: she'll marry, with or without finishing high school, and settle into domestic life. Ideally, she'll marry well enough to support her family, if need be.Garnet knows this, and she wants to do right by her family. But it's summer, and she's away from home, and she's learning what she really wants: she wants to finish high school and go on to college. She wants to work before or as well as [...]

    16. This was cute. Nothing to write home about, but it's a quick read about two queer girls in the 1920s, with the protagonist going through a lot of personal growth and trying to find herself in a changing society. I like queer historical fiction and need more of it.

    17. Beautiful depiction of a 1920s Minnesota summer resort town, even if I did spend most of it feeling entirely lukewarm about the romance, with a side of "why are you getting naked with someone you literally met a month ago."

    18. Silhouette of a Sparrow was an interesting book for young adults published by Milkweed Editions, a small independent publisher. I received a review copy from them. Set in the 1920s, sixteen year old Garnet wants nothing more than to become a scientist and study birds, but her mother has her life all planned: after high school, she'll marry and be a housewife. Garnet is sent away for the summer to stay with relatives at a lakeside resort, and she finds a chance to bloom. There is an amusement par [...]

    19. Silhouette of a Sparrow/ Molly Beth Griffin/ 2012Genre: LGBTQ Young Adult Fiction/Historical FictionFormat: Book/Novel Plot Summary: In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-clas [...]

    20. Another YA book by a Grinnellian! Take over the teen publishing industry please Grinnell, you do it right. I probably would not have picked this book up except out of Grinnell pride, but I really enjoyed it. It's a historical (1920s) novel that's well-researched without reading like it's just regurgitating facts. And I'm so happy to see a queer historical romance! I took history of women at Grinnell, I know there were lesbians before the 1970s. And here are some in a book! It's weirdly both fast [...]

    21. Set in the flapper era, when "proper" young girls pursued gentle activities and filled hope chests, got married early and deferred to their husbands for all major decisions, this story about a girl who doesn't quite fit in was trying to do a little too much.It's entirely plausible that Garnet was really good at science, that she didn't fit her mother's expectations for what her life should become. It's also plausible that she fell in love with Isabelle. But both? That felt a little much. Her con [...]

    22. Every now and then I come across a book that inspires me to read more, write more, live more, see more, love more, look morel of that. This was one of those books. I told my friend once I closed the covers, "I just read a book that is going to give me the strength to get through the next stage of my life", and I meant it. This coming of age story is lyrically written. I don't like reviews that tell what a book is about, so i won't do that either, but I will say what types of readers will like th [...]

    23. Wow, this is actually the first f/f romance I've ever read. I've read a fair amount of of m/m, but f/f is a first for me. And I'm glad I took a chance and tried something different Garnet's cool. She's relatable and I just really like her. At first I thought Isabella was too perfect. But as we get to know her, her flaws and vulnerabilities and struggles are revealed. Made her more realistic and I appreciate it.Obviously I like the romance. It's very sweet and it's built on friendship and I just [...]

    24. Finding a book about a healthy, teenage lesbian relationship is rare. Too often YA lesbians fall victim to tropes of experimentation, mental illness and abuse. When you add in the historical element,they're almost lost forever. Griffin created a believable relationship, one restricted by class and culture, in a believable world. She weaves together issues of the times ( shell-shock, Boston marriages, the departure of the Victorian age and the introduction of credit) without going full Gatsby. Ga [...]

    25. This book was so sweet and light! However, the story isn't fluffy in a dismissive way - it's a definite coming-of-age tale that involves hard choices. Yet told so gently, it was easy to feel comforted even during the chapters with conflict. You just know that everything will work out in the end. The vocabulary and dialogue reflected the manners of the 1920s, with the focus on every proper word and refined behavior. BUT OH THE KISSING!

    26. The main character, 16 year-old Garnet, grabbed ahold of me early on. Her gutsy way of exploring life and figuring herself out in the. 1920's made for a fun read. I loved the silhouette story thread throughout.

    27. A beautifully-written, sweet YA novel about an ornithology-loving girl who feels trapped by the sexist conventions of her time, until she meets an alluring flapper named Isabella. I had trouble believing in the book's 1920s setting, but I can't pinpoint why.Also, wow, the lovely cover!

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