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Publisher Description

“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

Fiction & Literature
January 26
Thomas Nelson

Customer Reviews

yolirock ,

The Feathered Bone - WOW!

In The Feathered Bone, author Julie Cantrell tackles subjects such, as human trafficking. domestic abuse, grief, suicide, natural disaster, and divorce. When I think about the number of "heavy" issues in this novel, I'm surprised at how uplifting the story is. That's the beauty of Cantrell's storytelling for me.

But The Feathered Bone is all about holding on to hope, no matter the circumstances. And the analogy of hope being like a feather, a strong, bendable support that doesn't break under pressure, is a beautiful reminder that pain and suffering don't have to be the end of the story.

Cantrell starts the story pre-Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where a class field trip ends tragically after one of the 12-year-old girls goes missing. What follows is a heart-breaking chronicle of grief and enduring hope. This is no fluffy escapist read. Some of it is shockingly difficult to process.

But it's an important story, one of the best I've read recently. Take your time with this one and proceed with caution. The journey is worth it. Hope is its promise.

A hooked reader ,

The Feathered Bone

Beautifully written, I dreaded putting this book down once I started reading it. Julie's writing draws you right smack into the middle of these characters' lives; so much so that I found myself wrapped up in the ups and downs of the story with a vested interest in what would happen next. Bravo, Ms. Cantrell! Well done!

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