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December 2009, When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge

November 30, 2009 by thinkhappy

When She Flew, by Jennie Shortridge

**Attention Readers** 

Jennie Shortridge will be chatting with our members January 6, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

Fiction

352 pages

From Publishers Weekly

In this predictable but good-hearted novel, a father and his daughter—a damaged but loving Iraq War vet named Ray and a budding 12-year-old naturalist named Lindy—live happily off the grid in an Oregon forest until the day Lindy is spotted by a bird-watcher. Notified of a young girl wandering alone deep in the woods, the police assign dedicated officer Jessica Villareal to the case. Recently rejected by her own daughter and still smarting, Jessica sets out with the best of intentions for helping Lindy, but risks destroying the life Lindy and her father have built for themselves. Examining people willing to sidestep the rules in pursuit of a greater good, Shortridge's fourth novel (after

Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe

) recalls Barbara Kingsolver's

Pigs in Heaven

; Shortridge even manages to finesse authentic performances from her population of familiar types: a pitiable war veteran, a conflicted cop and a poor but precocious youngster.

(Nov.)

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