Item description for Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner...
Overview Sophia Hess has lived most of her life without ever knowing genuine love. Her professor husband had married her for the convenience of having a typist for his scholarly papers. The discovery of a dark secret opens her eyes to the truth about her marriage and her husband.
Eventually nephew Patrick and his wife, Rachel, take Sophia into their home, and she observes from a careful distance their earnest faith and the simple gifts of kindness they generously bestow upon her and others--this in spite of an unthinkable tragedy they've suffered. Dare she unlock the door behind which she stalwartly conceals her broken heart?
An insightful and moving portrayal of the transforming power of love
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764200151 ISBN13 9780764200151
Availability 0 units.
More About Jamie Langston Turner
Jamie Langston Turner is the award-winning author of seven novels, including "Sometimes a Light Surprises," "Winter Birds," and "Some Wildflower in my Heart," and has been a teacher for more than forty years. She is currently a professor of poetry and creative writing at Bob Jones University. Jamie lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband.
Jamie Langston Turner currently resides in the state of South Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Winter Birds?
fascinating different novel Feb 20, 2007
I like the style of the author. Outwardly not much happened in Sophia's life but a lot happened inwardly. I am also 80 and the book seemed a bit depressing to me at first because her life seemed to be over. It was pleasing to see it get more lively as she got more involved with helping others. In the beginning of the book she saw something in Patrick's office that shocked her. I never did figure out what that was. Can someone help mme?
Appreciate your elders Jan 15, 2007
Sophia is a elderly woman who is living in the home of her nephew Patrick and his wife Rachel. She has chosen them as the place where she will live until she dies. She then proceeds to tell us about here life and what goes on inside this household. She reveals that her marriage wasn't what she had expected it to be. Her stepchildren hated her from the beginning, her husband treated her as just a mere companion, and denied her of any little happiness she had hoped would come from her marriage that she did not experience in her childhood. Plus she also found a devastating secret about her husband that he had kept hidden throughout their entire marriage until his death. Living with Patrick and Rachel has allowed her to view this small family and their lives as a quiet observer. They have lost their two children and may not have the greatest marriage but since they are Christians they still find the strength to get through any hardships that come their way. This puzzles Sophia as she struggles to understand the meaning of her life and how not to take everyone for granted.
This book was a very relaxing read for me. Have you ever seen the movie Junebug? This book reminded me of that movie, being down in the south where everything is just slow paced. You think it will be a long time before the story gets exciting, but before you know it you've already been drawn into this world. I felt that the characters were very real and the reader feels very connected to Sophia. Being still a young adult, it was fascinating for me to read the story through the eyes of an eighty year old. I never realize how really we treat the elderly, until I read about how Patrick treated his aunt IE talking to her loudly because he think she can't her or doing things because HE feels that it's best for her. I did like very much how Sophia changed throughout the course of the book as she starts to realize that she doesn't want to look forward to dying anymore. I also found the scene where she's caught eavesdropping by Rachel and to cover it up she pulls off the button from her dress on purpose very amusing. I love how all of Jamie Turner's books bring in characters from her other novels and while this story took place in a different setting from the others, we still have appearances from two memorable characters. This book is touching, hopeful, funny, sad, and manages draws you right into the story all at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
Slow, beautiful read - well worth it! Dec 31, 2006
Winter Birds differed a fair bit from the description offered on the back of the book.
The story begins with Aung Sophie living in a somewhat private apartment within her nephew Patrick and his wife's modest home. The story is written in the first person, by the plodding, bitter, very introspective but also sharply insightful Aunt Sophia. On one hand I despaired that that the story would never get moving - but on the other hand I gained much insight and sympathy towards not just elderly Aunt Sophia, but to the plight of the lonely aged everywhere.
Though slow moving, this is a beautiful in - depth study of several all too human characters. I came to love and appreciate both the strength and weakness of each person portrayed in the novel.
The very gradual change and softening of Aunt Sophie's heart happens as she observes the lives of others who are also shattered, but still trust and love Jesus. This change is very belivably and lightly done.
In summary, a slow beautiful read that warmed my heart. I loved this book - and plan to read all of Jamie Langston Taylor's books.
WOW! What an amazingly beautiful book. Dec 7, 2006
As I finished the last page of WINTER BIRDS yesterday, I softly exclaimed "oh...wow!" I have loved all of Jamie Langston Turner's rich and insightful books. All of her books have been jewels, but this one is the most beautiful. It is a well crafted, poignant tale of God's love and compassion shown thru the lives of everyday, imperfect people. Its message inspires me to be faithful in loving those around me through the seemingly insignificant things of a life filled with service. Who knows when a simple act will touch a life sorely in need of love. May my life be an instrument of God's grace and mercy inspired anew by the very real story of WINTER BIRDS.
A good book! Sep 29, 2006
Winter Birds is a story about an elderly woman named Sophie Hess. Sophie decides to spend her "winter of discontent," as she calls the last years of her life, with her nephew Patrick and his wife Rachel. Although Sophie was married, she outlived her husband and his children did not like her, so she had no one else to live with. So her inheritance will be left to Patrick in exchange for food, clothing, and shelter.
Sophie's days are filled with watching TV, identifying birds at the feeder with the Book of North American Birds Patrick gave her, and the comings and goings of the mortuary across the street. Sophie also enjoys her privacy and does everything along that she possibly can. To Sophie, Patrick and Rachel seem to be very lonely people who have no friends at all. At least not until the new neighbors, Steve and Terri, move in next door.
Steve and Terri have two children--Mindy who's a teenager and Veronica who's only four years old. Veronica is a handicapped child who needs constant care. One day Terri comes over to Rachel's needing help with Veronica. After Rachel return home, she invites Steve and Teri over for dessert, and Rachel and Terri spark a friendship, as do Steve and Patrick.
As days turn into weeks, Sophie becomes involved in with the family and the events that surround them all more than she wants to. She begins to truly appreciate Patrick and Rachel and how they deal with life's situations. She even begins to love Rachel and Patrick. It's not until the end of the book we see a changed Sophie Hess. She lives for life rather than waiting to die and beings to understand the Christian beliefs Rachel and Patrick have.
Although the book may try the reader's patience with its very slow start, it is worth the wait in the end.
Armchair Interviews says: A nice mixing of the generations and their specific needs.