The Bird House

The Bird House Interweaving diaries penned forty years apart The Bird House blends the fierce voice of a woman struggling against dementia to bond with her only grandchild with her point of view as a young wife an

  • Title: The Bird House
  • Author: Kelly Simmons
  • ISBN: 9781439160930
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • Interweaving diaries penned forty years apart, The Bird House blends the fierce voice of a woman struggling against dementia to bond with her only grandchild, with her point of view as a young wife and mother We witness the secrets of Ann Biddle s family through every lens from the clarity of the rearview mirror, through the haze of Alzheimer s, and as a young housewifeInterweaving diaries penned forty years apart, The Bird House blends the fierce voice of a woman struggling against dementia to bond with her only grandchild, with her point of view as a young wife and mother We witness the secrets of Ann Biddle s family through every lens from the clarity of the rearview mirror, through the haze of Alzheimer s, and as a young housewife in 1960s suburbia grappling with illness, death, heartbreak and tragedy.

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    1. Reading this book, for me, was meant to be. Here's the funny back-story.While on Twitter, I was involved in a conversation with other 'Twits' (I don't think we're actually called that - but, it's funny, so - I use it) about books we'd recently read and enjoyed. I mentioned that while it took me some time to finally get to it, I'd found Still Alice by Lisa Genova really good.As Twitter is an open Social platform geared to conversation and connection ~ a woman named Kelly Simmons joined the conver [...]

    2. I did enjoy this book but there were a couple of points that I thought were weak. I have read many books that had a main character who was dealing with Alzheimers. And the main character in this book, Ann, has an early onset version of it. Here's the odd part: I didn't really find it all that convincing. True, she forgets things here and there, but overall, the character seemed extremely lucid, and the reader really had no idea that she had it except for a few occasional mistakes. This was an od [...]

    3. Looking for a beautifully written and spellbinding novel? Well, look no further because Kelly Simmon's The Bird House is the novel for you. Startling, eloquent, and immersing, I was hooked from the first page until the very last, and even then I was close to begging for more, more, and more of these richly developed characters and the world they live in. The Bird House tells the story of Ann Biddle, a woman whose dealt with more loss, death, and pain than any good person should, and now after mo [...]

    4. What is true? What is real? What is forgotten and what can never be erased? In a lifetime of good intentions we all have our share of secrets, regrets, and undiscovered passions. And digging through old letters, connecting the importance of a ring with something said long ago, really looking at what is around you, well, it can change your entire view of your world.The Bird House by Kelly Simmons (Washington Square Press) takes the reader on a mesmerizing journey into one woman’s past and beyon [...]

    5. I read this book in one day and was interested enough to finish but in the end cannot really recommend it. It is the tale of Ann a 73 year old woman who is said to be starting to have symptoms of alzheimers, a disease which killed her mother. It alternates between present day Ann and her diary as a young wife and mother in 1967.The problem I had was that neither Ann nor any other character in the book is a nice person. Ann herself is cold, and described not caring for her children, and then not [...]

    6. Big disappointment. The opening pages make the reader feel like something big has happened, but in reality, the book was just "there". No big turn of events worth telling over again. Very predictable. The only good news is that it was only 270 pages and an easy enough read that I didn't feel too annoyed that I wasted a few days reading it. But for those of you who were on the fence about it? Watching the birds from your window may be more interesting.

    7. Even though Kelly Simmons wrote The Bird House so that story can switch back and forth between 2010 and 1967, this book was easy to keep the time periods separate. There are clues in the chapters on 1967 that answer the questions the Ann Biddle had in 2010. This book is full of symbolism and straight forward clear writing. I love the author's style and know that story would succeed if Ann was not the sole narrator.Ann Biddle has a family secret and as soon as I read that I knew that I wanted to [...]

    8. i enjoyed this book.Like a previous reviewer I had my doubts about the main theme being that Ann had Alzheimers, if anything it was a very mild or very early form since Ann telling the story was very lucid and clear, apart from a couple of occasions when she appeared to get times wrong (we can all do that!!). it was a very gentle way into a particular relationship that Ann began to forge with her granddaughter and through the granddaughter Ann was able to say a lot about her past and things she [...]

    9. "Beneath the surface of any problem, if you scrabble a bit, you'll find a secret.It may take a while-decades perhaps-not for your excavation, mind you, but for your desire to appear; for that childlike curiosity to float up again. Indeed, you may need an actual child to summon it, as I did. But this is what drives us--the historians, the trash pickers, the gossips, the shrinks. And yes, the readers of books. We're all rooting around, teasing out other people's hidden reasons." [p.1]I absolutely [...]

    10. This book was so unbelievably good in a really subtle way. I love how the story line was being played out so quickly but you didn't even know it until you were almost done with the book, which I thought was so cool. I mean, it's like you didn't even know it was happening and then- BAM! It all came to get perfectly. I really adored the characters. I really felt like Ann could be anybody's Grandma and it makes you appreciate the wisdom and knowledge a person has just from living life. Having worke [...]

    11. This is one of those books where I ask myself, "Is it me? Almost all the other reviewers like this book a lot. Am I missing something they saw?" Here are my problems with it. First, the reviews did give me an expectation that this would be a wonderful book, so the fact that I felt it was only "OK" was a letdown. Second, the first chapter sets the reader up to expect some dark revelation and gain of some deep self-awareness by the narrator. I don't think it delivered on that promise. The elements [...]

    12. Very much enjoyed this read about Ann, a grandmother who is linked to the past through her 8 year old granddaughter Ellie. The secrets and the guilt of Ann's family all come tumbling through in this well written story of disappointment and heartbreak. It keeps the pages turning from the very first one.

    13. LOVED this book! Beautifully written story about family secrets, relationships and tragedy. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read her first book.

    14. This book examines the lives of its characters through genealogy and psychology. What makes us who we are? Are the conclusions we reached as young people entirely accurate? Does time influence memory? Ann is a well to do Main Line Widow who enjoys spending time with her eight year old granddaughter, Ellie. Working on a school project with Ellie, Ann is faced to recall her life, the choices she made and the responsibility she must take for the lives of her children. Ann's life is rather like an o [...]

    15. Wow. This novel grabbed me from its first pages and didn't let me go. A novel told from the perspective of a strong woman with a checkered past and an unsure future.I loved the characters the story and would have loved to read 100 more pages. Absolutely outstanding, Kelly Simmons. This novel is one of the best books I've ever read!

    16. I had a difficult time connecting with the characters in this book.I'm not a big fan of books that go back and forth between two time periods and I found this one didn't flow well.

    17. Loved this book. Beautifully written. I love simple stories told skillfully. The female relationships resonated with me-mother/child, grandmother/grandchild, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, and old best friends. I love that the writer didn't crowd the book with overdone characters and excessive issues. Every word seemed carefully and perfectly chosen, it was mesmerizing and unpredictable. I only disliked the unresolved key at the end of the story.

    18. This is one of those books I'm not even sure where to begin. Just when you think you have gotten to the crux of the situation in this one, the author pulls another surprise out of her bag of tricks. I read this in one sitting, it reads quickly, easily and elegantly. The writing is great, the plotting is amazing and the characters are intriguing. What more can you ask for in a book?The Bird House, at it's core is about family secrets. We get to see these secrets through the eyes of Ann who is a g [...]

    19. First Sentence: Beneath the surface of any problem, if you scrabble a bit, you'll find a secret.The book description makes it sound like the protagonist is a likable person. She isn't. She's bitter; she seems to have resented and maybe even disliked her children when they were small; she was unfaithful to her husband, and she is full of pettiness.In spite of this, this novel is a tightly-woven tale that swings from past to present - a dark family drama that pits Ann, 70 years old, a graduate of [...]

    20. Review: The Bird House by Kelly Simmons. 12/21/2017This book is thought provoking, intriguing and written about a grandmother’s past, motherhood, secrets, and an eight-year-old granddaughter learning the truth’s about her family. It was a heartwarming and sensitive story that kept me interested. Simmons creates a story told by a courageous woman suffering from dementia. The main character Ann Biddle, an admired person has trouble remembering current dates and times, yet Ann clearly remembers [...]

    21. The Bird House by Kelly Simmons,is one of those books I'm not even sure where to begin. I couldn't put this book down.It reads quickly, easily and elegantly. The writing is great, the plotting is amazing and the characters are intriguing. The Bird House, at it's core is about family secrets. We get to see these secrets through the eyes of Ann who is a grandmother now and trying to connect with her granddaughter, Ellie through a school project at first and then just trying to keep the connection [...]

    22. iwriteinbooks.wordpress/20All families have secrets; some are just more secret than others.After a lifetime of disappointment and tragedy, Ann Biddle has found a small amount of peace in reconnecting with her eight year old grand-daughter, Ellie. Though Ann is in her golden twilight, a school project and an overzealous daughter-in-law begin to decode the lock on what Ann has kept hidden for years. Suddenly, less than golden past threatens to seep forward from the mist and dissipate all that she [...]

    23. This is the story of a mother haunted by a secret she has long kept hidden. Now as she grows old, she finds she must come to terms with an act she committed as a young mother…the secret she kept will come out.As Grandma Ann Biddle assists her 8 year old granddaughter Ellie with a school project, she finds herself questioning her memory of the past. She finds herself wondering what is actually a memory, and what is her impression of the event. Ann is no longer sure what really happened, or the [...]

    24. I have not read Kelly Simmons' other books, but that won't last long! "The Bird House" was a thoroughly enjoyable read. She allows the story to unravel in such a way that, as the reader, you are wondering what is going to happen, but you are so engrossed in the moment of the story that you don't want to happen too fast -- savoring the reveal was so enjoyable.Her protagonist, Anne could very well have been someone I know, or at least, someone I want to know. The reader can't help but feel for Ann [...]

    25. Love, love, love this book! That's my highest rating. :) There are actually two stories within this book - the present, when Ann is trying to connect with her granddaughter and battling signs of dementia; and the past, with it's secrets. As the reader is enjoying the present story, bits of the past surface slowly enough to create intrigue and tension, but frequently enough to avoid frustration. Ms. Simmons is a master of pacing. Frequent visitors know that Alzheimer's disease is an issue our fam [...]

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