The Language of Sparrows

Rachel Phifer


The Language of Sparrows

The Language of Sparrows

  • Title: The Language of Sparrows
  • Author: Rachel Phifer
  • ISBN: 9780781410489
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback



Brilliant and fluent in too many languages to count, 15 year old Sierra Wright can t seem to communicate what is important to her in any language Though April Wright stubbornly keeps an upbeat attitude about her daughter s future, she has let her own dreams slip away Just across the bridge lives old Luca, scarred from his time in a Romanian gulag years before Though heBrilliant and fluent in too many languages to count, 15 year old Sierra Wright can t seem to communicate what is important to her in any language Though April Wright stubbornly keeps an upbeat attitude about her daughter s future, she has let her own dreams slip away Just across the bridge lives old Luca, scarred from his time in a Romanian gulag years before Though he has seemingly given up on people, Sierra is drawn to him despite his prickly edges No one else is comfortable with the unpredictable old man spending time alone with Sierra, not even Luca s son Yet it is this unconventional relationship that will bring two families together to form friendships and unearth their family stories, stories that just might give them all the courage to soar on wings toward a new future.


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A lost, lonely older mand a lost, lonely teenage girl find an unlikely friendship & both begin to heal & mend.

Reminiscent of Susan Meissner and Linda Nichols, a new author of Christian Women’s Fiction has just released her debut novel. Rachel Phifer with The Language of Sparrows, winner of the 2012 ACFW Genesis Award, is sure to earn many more accolades. I loved this heart-wrenching story of April and her teenage daughter Sierra trying to get on with life after the mysterious death of April’s husband. This author writes realistic sadness, but bathes each page in hope. Sierra is a gifted student who [...]

I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.On the outside, Sierra and Luca are at opposite ends of life. One just beginning the world at her fingertips, the other reflecting on a life mostly gone. Yet, the bond of secrets, grief, and a love of learning tie these unlikely friends and their families together against the odds.I'll confess I'm not one to pick a book on a whim these days. Life's too busy and too many recent whims have ended up a bust, especially within [...]

OK, I really liked this book. I picked up the Kindle edition on a whim, because the synopsis sounded kind of interesting, but it isn't really the kind of book I normally read. Having said that, I really like this book. A hurting teenager finds a caring teacher and a grumpy old Romanian man. Misunderstanding and healing follow.The pacing was great, there was a real danger of this book bogging down, but it just flew along. The revelations were where they needed to be, and it was easy to care about [...]

This is a book that is hard to put down. The well developed characters dive into your heart and soul to take you on a journey of loss, discovery, pain, sorrow, but most of all the discovery of survival of love and the joy of living and loving and learning to find faith and trust again through the pain. It helped me discover depths within myself I did not know I had. It gave me confirmation and affirmation for areas of my own life I had struggled with. I laughed, sobbed, and cried with joy in the [...]

April Wright keeps a tragic secret from her teenage daughter, Sierra, about the manner in which her father died. She believes her devastated daughter would crumple beneath the weight of it. Grieving Sierra shuns everyone except for one person who seems a strange choice of companion, an elderly widower, Luca Prodan, who shares her fascination with literature and languages. While April tries to figure out whether this strange friendship should be encouraged, she doesn't expect to develop feelings [...]

I'm going to start with "THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL!" I love the story, I love the characters, I love the language, I love everything about it!Then again, this book has a polyglot for a protagonist. I wish I was a polyglot (I can only speak 3.5 languages, sadly). Well, even though she picks up languages at an astonishing pace, Sierra is this quiet withdrawn girl. One day, she makes friends with a cranky old man with a past and launches the whole book into motion.Sierra's mom, April is the forever-ch [...]

The Language of SparrowThis is such a touching story. I don't think I have read another that had such a package of hurts to deal with. It is a little depressing in the beginning. But that is the presentation of each character's past and wilting hope for the future. In the end you learn one truth -- God is beside us holding our hand while we stumble through our life. There is no need for your spirit to be down and depressed.Luca's life is a short version of so many other Romanians, Moldavians, Ru [...]

If you've been a follower of this book review blog for any amount of time you know I'm not a huge modern day fiction girl. I love historical fiction. It's pretty rare for a modern day book to grab my attention. Enter The Language of Sparrows I was hooked in the first page and read for hours finishing the book in a day. Welcome new author Rachel Phifer! Phifer wrote a captivating and deep book. Way to go! Sierra is precious and I loved her. She was both strong and odd and unique, in all the good [...]

This book brought me to tears more times than I could count. It is a beautiful story of overcoming sorrow. Fifteen year old Sierra cannot even remember her father who died two years earlier. Why is that? Why is it that an old man in her neighborhood is her only friend? Sierra, her mother, Luca, and his son Nick, and Sierra's mother all have issues to work through. Together, with some prayer, in this beautiful novel they do that. I got this book free to preview from Netgalley. I found it amazing [...]

This book was recommended to me and I am so glad I read it. A brilliant teen girl who is hurting over the death of her father meets an OLD man who is hurting from the loss of his wife and for all intents his son. They are drawn to each other through their pain and love of words, books & languages. There are a lot of mistakes & misunderstandings (especially by the adults) but a well written book that shows that life is not perfectbut can be happy and enjoyed.

I can't stop thinking about this book - the characters became a part of my life for a few days and I continue to think about them. I love the way Rachel developed the independent storyline for each of the characters but also had them all blend in such a beautiful way. You should read this book!

I don't give a lot of five star reviews. This one deserves it. Beautiful, insightful, an inspiring look into some difficult issues.

Beautifully written story that describes loss, heartache, the devastation of mental illness, and how difficult it is to forgive ourselves.

Thanks for letting me go on with hopeDo you ever wonder why things happen,a chance meeting or sudden feel as if you were here before. Wonder, wish, prayers all wrapped up in the pages of this book. I was charmed. I have a feeling you will be too.

Also posted to Jen in Bookland4.75 starsThe Language of Sparrows was a beautiful book. Heartbreaking at times, but also full of hope and just really a great story. I wasn't expecting it, so this book really surprised me. There may be some spoilers ahead as I talk about the story.The book opens with Sierra and her mom. Sierra is fading away, trying to disappear into nothing so no one will notice her. She barely talks as she cannot find the right words, but she is incredibly smart. She starts hang [...]

Well writtennsidering two unlikely characters.

Well-written, with engaging characters, this book is definitely not your average Christian fiction. The people in the book struggle with their faith, but the Christianity didn't feel tacked on or preachy. The only reason I didn't love the book is because the characters are so broken that there is an underlying sadness on every page. The ending is hope-filled, though.

I downloaded the book onto my Kindle about two years ago (maybe for free) and it has been sitting there ever since. Finally, got a chance to start reading it on the long distance international flight, and managed to finish it during the trip. It turned out to be a novel beautifully written, without too complicated plots. The tale itself is not that captivating, but its poetic style of writing is rather enticing.

When artist April Wright and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Sierra, move to Houston, Texas, they are trying to escape a past neither of them can get over. But their pain follows them, and April has no idea how to help her brilliant daughter, who learns languages like others eat candy, but who is failing school. Sierra can barely speak to others and does her best to remain invisible. Even her classmate and neighbor, Carlos, has a hard time reaching her, in spite of his compassion and patience. Th [...]

Sierra Wright knows so much but is able to say so little. After facing great trauma in her life, her mother April has moved their little family to Texas in hopes of a new start. Sierra can't seem to adjust though, despite her extreme intellect.Sierra finally comes to find a friend in an older man, Luca, who lives near by. Though he is grouchy and rough around the edges from his time in a Romanian gulag years ago, there is more to this man than meets the eye. Unfortunately, no one, including Luca [...]

April and her teenage daughter Sierra are desperately trying to adjust to life after the death of Sierra’s father. Sierra is a gifted student with an amazing ability to learn and absorb foreign languages, but she has no interest in her studies and is a total misfit at school. In spite of April’s brave efforts to convince herself that everything will turn out all right in the end, Sierra becomes increasingly unable to communicate in any language at all, and becomes more and more isolated.One [...]

I won this book as a first read. It is a lovely story that could have been trite, as it follows a pretty formulaic story line (young girl's father dies, by his own hand, but she is not told the truth; mother tries to shield her daughter; daughter finds a mentor from whom she is temporarily denied access; resolving family conflicts) but it is beautifully written. The characters are well-developed and are interesting people, the kind of people I would like to meet and get to know better. While th [...]

I read this novel in its entirety on a flight home from Amsterdam–and how grateful I was for its effortless diversion. Though the story lifts off gradually, it didn’t take me long to get pulled into April’s woes–a widowed mom at her wit’s end with worry over her introspective daughter, Sierra. Though I struggled initially to identify with Sierra, April had my immediate sympathy. My interest further piqued at the first hint of the mystery surrounding Gary, Sierra’s dead father, and gr [...]

This is a Christian slice-of-life type story, which is generally the type of story I run away from screaming and yelling. But, this one came highly recommended…and was free. (I know that makes me a horrible writer. Taking someone’s work for free because it’s not what I usually read. Shame on me.) Over all, I found this a moving, interesting, and unique read. It had more depth than I expected going in. The story is about a broken girl named Sierra who has lost her father. Through the kindne [...]

After her husband died, April took her teenage daughter Sierra back home to Houston. Sierra is a brilliant linguist, but hates her new school. She hasn’t made any friends, she is depressed and her schoolwork is suffering. The apartment and neighborhood her mom can afford is somewhat dangerous. Sierra skips school and roams the streets until she comes to another part of town with big trees and cute houses. It’s there that she meets an old man named Luca. He loves words and books like she does [...]

The Language of Sparrows is a dark story of three generations of flawed characters, a mother and daughter, a father and son—all driven by anger, betrayal and despair, as a consequence of trauma, who have managed to survive by hiding from truth. But do they have the strength to face their own personal demons and to forgive themselves and each other? It requires growth. Stepping out of the comfort zone.In the first half of the book, Rachel Phifer's use of Scripture fits in seamlessly with the ch [...]

The Language of Sparrows is a fascinating look at the relationships built between the members of two families. We learn their stories and struggles as their friendships develop. Their struggles have touched most of us in one way or another, either by direct experience or having a loved one who has experienced them. Depression, suicide, guilt, estrangement or misunderstanding between loved ones are some of the themes contained in this story. But the book is not depressing. It does not give us pla [...]

I wasn't sure what sparrows had to do with anything until nearly the end of the book, but now it makes sense.Sierra Wright is 16 years old with a passion, and a talent, for languages. But she can't find the words to express herself Until she meets Luca Prodan, an elderly man who spent five years in a Romanian prison.Luca can't find the words to tell his son, Nick Foster, about his experiences in that Romanian prison. He starts telling his story to Sierra's mother, April, instead.April is keepin [...]

I really enjoyed this book. There are Christian references to ones' relationship to God and how he is with us but these are not overbearing. It's a moving story and simply but well written. It's written in third person which I enjoy because you get into more minds than just the narrator."Brilliant and fluent in too many languages to count, 15-year-old Sierra Wright can't seem to communicate what is important to her in any language. Though April Wright stubbornly keeps an upbeat attitude about he [...]


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