Feather Man – Book Review

Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster

“Feather Man” is another book generously provided to me from Literary Ventures Fund.  In some ways, it reminded me a bit of The Leper Compound, primarily because I again felt disconnected from the main character.  I’m starting to wonder if this is a trademark of authors from former British colonies.  Perhaps they feel disconnected from their mother country?  Would American authors write like this if we hadn’t dumped all of that tea into Boston Harbor?

In all seriousness, however, I do believe that this too was a purposeful choice on the part of the author.  We learn within the first chapter or two that the main character, Sooky, who lives in Brisbane in the 1950s, has been molested by her next door neighbor, a man older than her parents.  This experience, plus the fact that Sooky’s parents neglect her emotionally, Sooky grows up to be someone who has difficulty connecting emotionally to other people, and even to her own thoughts and feelings.

Although I am comparing it to “The Leper Compound,” I found “Feather Man” much easier to follow, despite the disconnect.  It was also a very interesting story, with Sooky’s attempt to find enough inner-strength to normalize her life and escape from a pattern of emotional abuse.
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5 comments to Feather Man – Book Review

  • Hmm it is very odd to hear that description, considering a series I read has a main character named Sookie who was molested by her old uncle. Her parents were never close to her or understood her, and as a result Sookie grew up unable to connect emotionally with people….

    Of course she also goes on to meet a bunch of vampires, wereanaimals and fairies, so I guess it is slightly different lol.

  • This one sounds interesting to me because I work with the victims of childhood sexual abuse. I’d like to see how the book handles the issues I see every day.

    Funny, I just heard from Literary Ventures Fund today asking if I wanted to review books. I had never heard of the group before. Have you had a good experience with them?

  • Interesting observation about “authors from former British colonies feeling disconnected from their mother country” and perhaps reflecting that through themes in their writing.

    I really liked Spirit of the Place from LVF, and would like to read Monique and the Mango Rains, Feather Man, and American Genius.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  • I requested this from LT’s Early Reviewers but was picked for another book instead. It’s definitely going on my wish list. Thanks for the review!

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