In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo

In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo

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Book - 2018
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"When Henry Robinson's daughter Starr is born with Williams Syndrome, he swears to devote his life to making her happy. More than twenty years later, Henry works at Frankie's Funhouse, where he repairs the animatronic band that Starr loves, wrestling with her attempts at living outside the family home. His wife wishes he would allow Starr more independence and turn his attention a little more to their own relationship and their other daughter, Melanie. As tensions mount Henry's young coworker, Darren, reveals he needs to get to Chicago Comic Con to win back his ex-girlfriend, so Henry packs Starr (and her pet turtles) and Darren (still dressed as Frankie the mascot) into the van for a road trip no one was prepared for. Told in multiple points of view, we hear from Henry, Darren and Starr as they all try to find their place in the world. 'In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo' is a charming, tender and often funny story of a father struggling to let his daughters grow up and of a family struggling against hard odds, taking care of each other when the world lets them down."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Hamilton, ON : Poplar Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781928088578
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 22 cm

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ShahanAaron
Sep 18, 2019

I was only able to read/listen to about 20% of the book. Lost interest after that. The writing is very childish with lots of "I" statements. It's unclear whose perspective the story is from. It felt like I was listening to someone's inner thoughts that lacked literary depth. The author's effort to showcase a character with a disability was lost in shallow writing.

This book was recommended to us at the Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities by Hamilton Public Library for their Hamilton Reads book selection.

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anicepieceoffish
Sep 08, 2019

Sanctimonious pablum that doesn't offer anything original or new. The characters, the plot, the narrative-it is all terrible and trite. My attention dipped too many times while reading this and I struggled to finish it. It was too corny and cringe worthy in some spots, especially when the author tries to make it "regional".

I will admit I only read this for the bingo card and would have never chosen this book on my own volition. I also don't think I'm the target audience for this book. If you love bland inoffensive stuff you'll love this book.

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juliammaw
Aug 31, 2019

It was okay. The characters are endearing enough. You spend time with these different characters in their chapters and you get a little bit of their lives and that's fine. I like a little more of an adventure than an easygoing slice of life, but it does well enough.

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smhm4
Jun 10, 2019

While it's great that there is a book written that has a character with Williams syndrome, this is honestly one of the lousiest books I've ever read. And I'm usually pretty easy to please. And I used to work in Genetics so I was interested in the topic. I'm quite surprised this book was chosen.

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