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The Feathered Bone written by New York Times Best-Selling Author Julie Cantrell
On a field trip to the Big Easy, Ellie and her friend receive a feather bone from a fortune teller. Shortly after Ellie’s friend Sarah disappears without a trace after going into a restroom, Ellie lets the guilt sink her into a deep depression. Amanda’s family begins to fall apart. Does Amanda lose faith when Ellie does the unthinkable? What happens when hurricane Katrina hits? Do they ever find Sarah?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
"Feathersno matter what size or shape or colorare all the same, if you think about them. Theyre 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 daughters sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughters best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelrygone, without a trace.
Unable to cope with her guilt, Amandas daughter sinks into depression. And Amandas husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amandas whole world has collapsed.
Amanda knows she has to save herself before its 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 Cantrells master portrait of love in a fallen world.
4 1/2 stars. 'Deeply emotional, moving and full of amazing imagery, Cantrells latest is a triumph. Although some of the pain on the pages is incredibly difficult to read, this novel is stunning in its ability to convey the different meanings of slavery and being trapped in untenable circumstances. The ending is healing; this is a book to be savored and pondered.'
Author: Julie Cantrell
Submitted: May 02, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I'm Julie. Thanks for taking a look at The Feathered Bone, my third novel and one that brings you to my hometown region of Walker, Louisiana.
What was your motivation behind this project? I always knew I would write about Louisiana at some point. After publishing Into the Free (set in my current state of Mississippi) and When Mountains Move (set in my previous state of Colorado), it was time to bring readers into the beautiful and mystical world of my childhood home--Walker, Louisiana.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I had no idea I would write about a topic as dark as human trafficking. In fact, I fought against it for nearly two years. But like my first two novels, I finally gave into the creative forces that were nudging me to explore this issue. I hope I've managed to tackle this tough topic in a way that is not voyeuristic and that helps all people develop a greater empathy for those being sold within the sex trade.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Researching this novel brought me into a world I had never really known existed, especially within my own communities. Having met with people ages 4 to 46 who have been involved in the underbelly of human trafficking has taught me a lot about the predatorial practices pimps employ to lure young, vulnerable victims. While researching, I learned a lot about the reasons people become prey for the predators of the world, and I learned the interesting (and dangerous) parallels between domestic violence and trafficking. It's all about power and control, and it's all about hurting someone who is innocent. The tool they use most frequently? "Love." We do anything for those we love and for those we believe love us. Sadly, these predators do not love their "girls" or their wives, but most victims only know to associate love with abuse.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I gravitate toward strong female voices who don't shy away from truth. Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Toni Morrison, Ellen Gilchrist, Jesmyn Ward, Louise Erdrich, etc.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Thank you for giving my stories a chance. I do sometimes bring you to tough places, but I try to do so with the lens of faith and to bring you through it with a redemptive and healing ending that delivers hope to all. I do this to help those who know such trauma heal from reading the story, and to help those who don't know such suffering to develop more empathy and understanding for those who do.