THE BIRD HOTEL
I have been a Joyce Maynard fan for many years and have loved all her fiction and non-fiction books. This book transported me to different times and many different places, especially South America. I loved how descriptive the writing was, I could picture the different flora and fauna in my head and the hotel repairs and decorating made me feel I was there with Irene and the people she meets…hotel guests and locals alike. I was invested in the characters’ lives and cared about what happened to them.
Each chapter is like a short story, vignettes if you will. The story spans forty years of Iren’s life and I liked the back-and-forth timeline as Irene remembers her painful painful past, tries to heal from her present and moves forward toward her future. Irene has had lots of losses and some parts of the book are not easy to read. I loved the short chapters in this enchanting story with love and loss in equal measure. Everyone Irene interacts with teaches her something and she learns to appreciate the nature around her. I learned a lot about Mayan culture reading this, including the different food, art and clothing. Simply a book about life and how we can try and run away from our problems but our problems really don’t go away and about how time can heal all wounds.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.