Fly Birdie by Jo Robinson

Fly Birdie is a delightful short story about survival.  Hannah is a bundle of nerves.  She’s been living with an abusive, narcissistic husband who has finally “left in a cloud of dust” and sends spies in the guise of friends to find out if she has completely fallen apart as a result.  Hannah, however, has survived her worst fears — a storm that partially fells the tree that has been her nemesis.

Also damaged by the storm is a small weaver.  As Hannah takes it in, and cares for it, she is taken out of herself and begins to heal herself.

This is a poignant tale carefully detailing the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to be restored.  It is beautifully told and full of hope.  Another wonderful read from South African author, Jo Robinson. * * * *

Related links:

Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight, review

African Me and Satellite TV, review;

Interview with Jo Robinson;

Africolonial Stories, Jo Robinson’s blog site



About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to Fly Birdie by Jo Robinson

  1. Thank you! You know until you mentioned it right now, it never occurred to me that he was a narcissist when I wrote this one – just a rotten person, because back then I didn’t know that it was actually a real mental illness, but you’re spot on – he really is a narc! XX

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    • mysm2000 says:

      I guess it was just in my mind after reading your powerful book about Suzette; it seemed that Hannah’s husband was treating her the same way. I liked that this was a simple, short story that begins as the husband is getting out of her life and it just focuses on how she heals. I really enjoyed it.


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