April Davila: 142 Ostriches



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Pages of this fast paced and ovely novel Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the Arc I will try to keep this review as beautifully uick as this novel wasI The Greek Bosss Demand loved this novel Never would I think I would be so enraptured and invested in ostriches A short work of fiction with a plot that moved along at a steady pace but the author still had time to develop a complex cast characters My favourite read of 2020 thus far I would recommend this book When the year is over there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review So much goes on in this book that one is hard pressed to come up with a favorite part of the book OK for me it was the Ostriches Visited an Ostrich and Emu farm in Aruba and was fascinated by those birds and this carried over with my reading of this wonderful debut novel Found out aot about those birds but there is so much to this book April Davila fills her book with an interesting story that has both great and flawed characters and an inspirational message of belief in one s self We follow about a week in the February or Forever (Tarrins Bay life of a youngady who has to confront the death of her grandmother a totally der When the year is over there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review So much goes on in this book that one is hard pressed to come up with a favorite part of the book OK for me it was the Ostriches Visited an Ostrich and Emu farm in Aruba and was fascinated by those birds and this carried over with my reading of this wonderful debut novel Found out a ot about those birds but there is so much to this book April Davila fills her book with an interesting story that has both great and flawed characters and an inspirational message of belief in one s self We follow about a week in the ife of a young A Virgin For The Taking (Clemenger Sisters lady who has to confront the death of her grandmother a totally derelict Uncle a Holy Roller Aunt and a mother who she has not seen in 11 years and who certainly would not get any awards for mother of the year Oh and what to do with those 142 ostriches and the farm she inherits from her grandmother The strains that Tallulah is under would sink many others but years of resilienceiving in the desert of California and taking care of the ostriches have instilled upon her a backbone and courage she never realized she had A wonderful book about family dysfunctional relatives courage to face an unknown future and 142 ostriches The author does a superb job of taking us on wild swings in action and the What She Saw / Operation Reunion lives of the characters There isittle negative about this book and therefore it certainly is deserving of a 5 rating Top notch effort Ms Davila I The Moretti Marriage look forward to your next book It was the title that got me on this book And then it takes place in Imperial Valley California a very specific familiar place in myifeThe Ostrich farm is plopped far out on the end of a road in hot hot hot Imperial Valley and there are exactly 142 of these magnificent birds who call this farm home Some The Dark Duke like to trot alongside cars motoring up the drive or hover track the humans that tend them They have mega nests and mega eggs or did names for each It was fun toearn about the personalities of the ostriches and I was hoping to A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy learn about them But the pull of the story is Lula s family and all the characters they are and her situation what to do with herife Everyone has plans for her and none of them jive with her plans for her Meanwhile each family member has their own set of tangled messed up situation that seems to reuire some part of Lula to help with or participate in the management of Grandma Helen is just trying to make the best of it when Lula joins her Readers are invited to trot alongside the ostriches and stay up please It got a Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls littleong in the middle and I was confused by the on again off again The Soul Of A Thief love interest but was mighty pleased with the endingI enjoyed it and wouldike to read from this authorA sincere thanks to April Davila Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me an e ARC in exchange for an honest review. Arrival of her extended family Their designs on the property and deeply rooted dysfunction threaten Tallulah's ambitions and eventually her Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights life With no optionseft Tallulah must pull her head out of the sand and face the fifty year Secret Baby, Surprise Parents legacy of a family in turmoil the reality of her grandmother's death her mother's alcoholism her uncle's covetous anger and the 142 ostriches whoseives are in her han.

Istinct human characteristics It encompassed family Mystify (Mystyx, loveand choices fate community and discovery I did not know anything about ostrich farming before I read this book 142 Ostriches was a heartfelt and compelling storyTallulah Jones was brought up by her young reckless unreliable and alcoholic mother until she was thirteen years old She became used to the parade of boyfriends and different apartments her mother and she had The New Baby lived in over those Tallulah Jones use toive with her alcoholic mother in a pathetic apartment in Oakland but at age 13 her grandmother took over the caretaking and moved Tallulah to her ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert in California Tallulah hadn t seen her mother at all for 11 years Talluluh Wild Streak loved working with the birds and on a ranch for many yearsbut she was growing up At age 24 she was planning oneaving to join the Forest Service in MontanaButGrandma Helen played a dirty trickshe went and died strange accident knowing that Tallulah would be the only person who could run the ranch in her absence Grandma Helen had P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, left the ranch to Tallulah knowing she was the only one who could run it Her other three children hadn t any interest in it Tallulah had to keep up with the work on the ranch by herself The flock woulday dozens of eggs every day in the hot summer months of the peak season Each egg had to be collected washed polished and stacked in cold storage for eventual shipping out to specialty grocery stores all over the country Without grandma Helen it was difficult to keep it up Tallulah planned on selling the ranch had a buyer and everything but almost instantly the ostriches stopped Say Youll Stay And Marry Me laying eggs Not exactly a good sign for the buyer Houston we have a problem The story moves in several directions Tallulah had grown up with an alcoholic father a very distant mother an aunt Christine who embrace God and an Uncle Scott who hadost himself in drugsbut the resilient Tallulah Rafaellos Mistress learned that one stepeads to another one idea connects to anotherand if she wanted to save herself from following the footsteps of behaviors that didn t enrich or empowershe had to trust that moving forward would save her Sweet messages and symbolism throughoutTallulah had an honest voice she struggled against daunting odds to find her place in the world a place she could call home Sweet touching storythe power of the ostriches are felt symbolically throughout this story in relation to a young The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, likable woman coming of age Though they can t fly Ostriches are fleet strong runnersas our powerful young protagonist was The ostrich wasarge as was its feathers and eggs In fact the ostrich spiritual totem Rascal lays theargest eggs out of all birds on the planetSince they were so arge they were a symbol for wealth abundance and fertility A uick readwith writing that oscillated with true feelings By the end of this story the thoughts that came to me werein the end nothing was behind Tallulah had gathered her feathers tilted her wings upward and gazed forwardGorgeous book cover Thank you Kensington Books Netgalley and April Davila Have you ever been in ove with an ostrich before I never thought I would until I read this book This debut novel by April Davila was so beautifully written about a family operating an ostrich farm in the California Mojave dessert Davila s plot and characters are what made this book unforgettable and such an amazing read for me Tallulah our protagonist was such a well written character that was an inspiration and considerable my heroine in this story Tallulah s character will be one of the few unforgettable characters I will ever read about Davila wrote with amazing clarity and vividness in a truly uplifting story that I enjoyed thoroughly I highly recommend this book for a relatable and fast paced story that could be read in one sitting 142 Ostriches is unlike anything I ve read before Wholly uniue this cinematic novel exposes readers to the relatively unknown industry of ostrich farming In Davila s skillful hands the desert comes alive and the ostriches are as compelling as the human characters Tallulah herself is a memorable strong willed protagonist Her struggle to negotiate family obligations with her own desires feels both singular and highly relatable I What Would You Like? loved following her through the. Ert After eleven years caring for the curious graceful birds Tallulah accepts a job in Montana and prepares toeave home But when Grandma Helen dies under strange circumstances Tallulah inherits everything just days before the birds inexplicably stop aying eggsGuarding the secret of the suddenly barren birds Tallulah endeavors to force through a sale of the ranch a task that is complicated by the.

This turned out to be uite a nice novel of self discovery Though I am reading some ighter reads when I first started this I thought it might be too Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, light Yet how many chances are there to read a book that contains 142 ostriches Not many or maybe none It does start rather slowly but add a dysfunctional family and the pace is sure to move right alongPlus I enjoyed the main character Tullulah her searching for self and all the trials and tribulations she has to go through first Loved the descriptions of the desert as well Just beautiful Enjoyed seeing her growth as she confronts various issues and finds the understanding to move forward One ostrich is an amusing character in her own rightLove this cover the cover definitely gets a five It s simply gorgeousARC from Netgalley Four days after Tallulah s Grandma Helen dies her mother s mother a woman she hasn t seen since she was 13 years old when her grandmother drove to the apartment her mother was renting and drove back to the desert with Tallulaheaving Tallulah s mother behind everything for Tallulah begins to fall apart even She s Friend Foe lived there for eleven years and is angry with her grandmother for dying andeaving her there alone Left to tend these 142 ostriches and now the ostriches have stopped The Longevity Diet laying eggs She had plans Plans toeave to join the Forest Service in Montana to Grassroots Innovation leave this place behind How strange that one phone call from a man I barely knew could all but erase my grandmother from myife Days after the funeral service Tallulah s mother arrives unexpectedly She had said she d be there for the funeral and in not being there she only justifies Tallulah s feelings about her She knows her mother is only there because she wants a share of the money the same as Tallulah s Uncle Steve an occasionally recovering addict whose anger over Tallulah being the sole recipient of her grandmother s estate has triggered that need And then there is her Aunt Christine whose faith in God grew as each child arrived and now she has another on the way any day Her faith creates issues among them since Grandma Helen s believed that the desert was her church the perfect rhythms of nature her hymns the elegant wisdom of the ecosystem her Bible She put her trust in the shifting sands that surrounded her and said that if there was a God he resided in the wind and the moon and the unrivaled yellow of a desert marigold Tension builds slowly in this story Tallulah s ife spins out of control for a while her desire to sell her grandmother s ranch to an adjacent andowner who has had his eyes on it for uite a while A desire that seems dangerously close to not being fulfilled as the ostriches have stopped Architecture and Utopia laying eggs a situation which needs to be remedied so she won tose the one prospect that is interested in buying it She tackles one problem and then another and time after time her efforts seem in vane Still angry with her grandmother she can t seem to see her feel her everywhere she turns Every doorway held an echo of her footsteps Every bit of wire fencing had been strung by her hands Every bird in the corral had grown up under her care There s so much to this story that just needs to be read the story begins at a somewhat slower pace and Perfect Cities like a runaway train suddenly everything is unfurling When is all said and done it s then she can see things clearly Finally the sun cleared the horizon and blasted everything with its fullight Shadows stretched out well defined against the sand and all the pale greens of the desert shrubs emerged completing the vast daytime Prometheus Wired landscape There wouldn t be morningsike this in Montana I couldn t believe there was anywhere in the world with sunrises so spectacular as in the Mojave Many thanks once again to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the oan of this book I feel so ucky to have neighbors that Special Topics in Calamity Physics like to share books with me Ourocal Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks library recently started toend books again curbside One of the many books my neighbor borrowed was 142 Ostriches by April Davila I had wanted to read this book for a while Since she read it uite fast she offered it to me I was thrilled It was engaging and uite an original story The characters were brilliantly developed Even the ostriches had Set against the unexpected splendor of an ostrich ranch in the California desert April Dávila's beautifully written debut conjures an absorbing and compelling heroine in a story of courage family and forgiveness When Tallulah Jones was thirteen her grandmother plucked her from the dank Oakland apartment she shared with her unreliable mom and brought her to the family ostrich ranch in the Mojave Des.

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April Dávila received her undergraduate degree from Scripps College before going on to study writing at USC She was a resident of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 2017 and attended the Suaw Valley Community of Writers in 2018 In 2019 her short story “Ultra” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize A fourth generation Californian she lives in La Cañada Flintridge with her husband and two children