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The Nature of Small Birds: A Novel
Susie Finkbeiner

In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When . . . Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adopted family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival in their lives.

Though her father supports Mindy’s desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he’ll lose the daughter he’s poured his heart into. Mindy’s mother undergoes the emotional rollercoaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy’s sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family–but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code. More

The Girl in the Cardboard Box
Jane Daly

Who is the girl?

A young girl lies huddled in a cardboard box, shrinking away from the social . . . workers who have come to rescue her from a homeless camp. She doesn’t speak and affection seems alien to her as she has no apparent ties to anyone.
Placed in the affluent home of Hayley and Jason Montgomery, the girl begins to heal and flourish.Will this little girl be the one to help Hayley work through the horror of seeing her own daughter die due to a hit and run? Believing her daughter’s death is God’s punishment for a past abortion, Hayley is determined to mother this nameless child to appease what she believes is an angry God.
Haunted by the secret he’s kept for over a year, Jason finds his control slipping when the girl comes to live with him and Hayley. When his secret is exposed, it threatens to destroy everything Jason and Hayley believe about their marriage, themselves, and God.
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