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12 April 2010

Book Review: How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly by Connie May Fowler

How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly
Author: Connie May Fowler
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: April 2, 2010
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0446540681
Genre: Fiction


From the Publisher:

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.

My Review:

How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly
by Connie May Fowler is an intriguing, witty, and at times depressing look into a 24-hour period that altered the life of 35-year-old Clarissa Burden. On the warmest summer solstice recorded in Hope, Florida, Clarissa discovers she is procrastinating, she is supposed to be working on her novel, instead she is doing everything but writing when it dawned on her that she spent a great deal of time contemplating the death of her husband Iggy. Clarissa has many intriguing as well as extraordinary adventures throughout the day while her husband is busily sketching nudes. From an amorous fly, the ghosts that inhabit Poor Spot Cemetery, her stagnant marriage, memories of a cruel childhood and the ghost who wants her to write their story, Clarissa's day is culminating into what becomes more than she could ever have imagined and Clarissa can imagine a great deal.
How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly is a well-crafted, creatively pieced together novel filled with intense emotions, eclectic characters both real and imagined, and a plot twisty enough to keep the reader engaged. Written with wit and an intriguing main character, with this type of novel, which has such depth and breadth, I wish I would have had someone to discuss the various events of Clarissa's day with. I believe How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly would make an absolutely brilliant choice for a book discussion group.

About the Author:

Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. In 1996, she published Before Women Had Wings, which became a paperback bestseller and was made into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She founded the Connie May Fowler Women With Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need. For more information check out Connie May Fowler's website or follow her on Twitter.

I received a complimentary copy of How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly by Connie May Fowler from Hachette. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



brizmus said...

I'm going to try to start a book discussion book here in Japan, and if it works out, I am absolutely suggesting this book. Sounds wonderful!

Book Lady said...

I read this for the RaT and was taken in almost immediately! I haven't read a book where I FELT so much! One minute I was chuckling at Clarissa's daydreams, gritting my teeth at her husband, and almost crying at her depressing marriage. You're review is spot on! I wished I could have read this with a group too! Great review and a great book!

Connie May Fowler said...

Hello everyone! Thank you so much, Jennifer, for your wonderful review of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly. I so greatly appreciate it and all your readers' comments. And if anyone wants to do a book club meeting, we can do it from anywhere in the world with Skype! Happy reading!