Title: Paint The Bird
Author: Georgeann Packard
Release Date: July 26, 2013
Publisher: The Permanent Press
Source: Paperback ARC from publisher
My Rating: 5 STARS
The Reverend Sarah Obadias is broken, bitter, and stripped of the reassurance of faith when she walks into a West Village restaurant in Manhattan. Here she encounters Abraham Darby, a rumpled but well-regarded painter who seduces the minister into his life of excess and emotional intensity.
Dancing through the novel is the mystical Yago, the gay son of Darby and the Costa Rican painter Alejandra Morales Diaz. But Alejandra’s appearance further decomposes Sarah, and Yago provides no calm or clarity when she encounters him.
Bloodlines become squiggled and unreliable as the novel explores the ever-changing relationships between fathers and sons and what constitutes a family. And throughout, one question lingers: What really did happen when a small boy was swallowed by the sea?
Religion, Sexuality, and Death are the main focus of this beautifully written novel.
A woman of the cloth, Sarah, who loses her Faith; Abraham, the handsome, lost artist; Johnny, the widowed father to Angelo; Yago, the deceased whose soul still lingers… these are just some of the intriguing characters in this novel.
So much depth, these characters have. I could almost feel the emotions myself, while reading. Death, is not understood by many. I, myself, still have questions. But, when you have characters such as 2 tortured artists, a homosexual widow who admits to enjoying sex with a woman, it’s so much more.
Reverend Sarah Obadias is running from her life, lost her faith. She meets Abraham Darby, sex ensues. Mind you, these two individuals aren’t young. Sarah meets him during a rough time, the death of his son.
The meeting of all these characters is paramount to the story. It’s original, poetic, passionate, sad, and very adult. I’d recommend this to those who enjoy a compelling story of religion, sex, and death. Not for closed minds.
This novel contains adult content. Not intended for readers under the age of 18.