Friday, April 16, 2010 Posted by Dina N
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.
How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is not light reading. It covers one day in the life of Clarissa, a writer who six months prior moved to an old house in a Florida swamp. The swamp is quite symbolic because with her every move, Clarissa has been sinking deeper and deeper into an unhappy marriage and an inability to write. She needs a catharsis, a series of events that would help her find her voice again and maybe have another chance for happiness. On this day, the summer solstice, Clarissa will finally awake from her emotional and creative slumber and change her life. She makes shocking discoveries of past violence on women and children who used to live in the area, and finds the strength to overcome her own painful relationship with her emotionally abusive husband.
How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is a beautifully written and complex book that at times left me emotionally drained. Still, the main character can be an inspiration for all those women who put up with violence of any form. As long as we live and breathe - and maybe even afterward, as some of the other characters in this book can attest - we have a fighting chance. That's the positive, life-affirming message that I hope readers will get from this novel.
About the Author
Connie May Fowler 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.
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