BOOK REVIEW: The Bird that Sang in Color by Grace Mattioli

BOOK REVIEW: The Bird that Sang in Color
by Grace Mattioli


ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

Donna thought she had it all until she discovered the secret to living free.

Donna Greco wants nothing more than happiness for her bohemian brother, Vincent, whom she perceives as sad and lost as he remains single, childless, living in boarding homes or cramped apartments, and working low-paying jobs she thinks are beneath him. She subscribes to a conventional view of life and despite her tireless efforts of encouraging him to do the same, he chooses to go his own way. She harbors guilt for her supposed failure to ensure his happiness until she finds a book of sketches he made of his life, which allows her to see his internal joy.

She also discovers something else in her brother’s drawings that changes her entire outlook on life and fuels her desire to live authentically. But she is pulled back into her secure existence for fear of the unknown. What does she discover and will she be able to break free of her self-made prison and live life on her own terms? Read this generational saga spanning decades and filled with endearing characters, great humor, and nostalgia to find out.

Reviewers have called this story “profound, thought-provoking, funny, inspiring, and beautiful.” Notable New York Times author Lidia Yuknavitch has called this book, “hugely moving, beautifully rendered, and brilliant.”


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I was a given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Here it is…

I never cry when reading a book, but I almost did with this one. It’s very emotional, not because of a crazy, dramatic plot or anything like that. It’s just real life that hits home.

We follow the main character, Donna, through her life starting with her at home as a school-aged teen at home with her parents and siblings. She has a very close relationship with her brother Vincent.

Each chapter skips a few years in her life and we see where she is in the next phase. We follow her through college, getting married, having several kids, and raising them into adulthood. She experiences ups and downs along the way, and in the end she learns the key to happiness is not what she originally thought it would be.

I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for those who like Women’s Fiction.

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