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A 2013 Montana Book Award Honor Book
Margie Fitzgerald has a soft spot for helpless creatures; her warm heart breaks, her left ovary twinges, and she is smitten with sympathy. Under the spell of her seductive but troubled Latin professor, she joins a ragtag group of animal rights activists called Operation H.E.A.R.T., and appears to have found her mission in life. But in time Margie’s increasingly reckless and dangerous actions force her to flee her flowery California home, say goodbye to her fragile dad, and seek shelter on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. There, she will make unexpected discoveries about animals, kinship, love, and her own heart.
“The Lovebird is a compassionate and inviting novel about loneliness and heartbreak, finding a place to belong, and what we will do to protect the things we love. Brown evokes great emotion with her small and perfect details. The image of the lovebird—confused and lost—touched me to the core, and stayed with me long after I shut the book.”
—Jennifer Close, bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses
“Making you feel for . . . characters and care about what happens to them—these are signs of real talent. Natalie Brown is a real talent.” —BookPage
"Natalie Brown has written a sly and quietly funny novel of a young woman’s coming of age. Her unusual heroine, Margie Fitzgerald, is a passionate innocent, a dreamer blessed with loopy confidence, charming directness, and a very American logic all her own." —Honor Moore, author of The Bishop’s Daughter
“In vibrant, colorful language that leaps off the page, Brown paints her winsome heroine’s coming-of-age with compassion and affection in this lush, compelling tale.” —Booklist
“The Lovebird asks us what it means to love, to belong, to believe. It's a book about new vision, second chances, and one young woman's desire to find her place among her human—and animal—kin.” —Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men