Title: How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
Author: Connie May Fowler
Genre: Literary Fiction
From the publisher’s website:
How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.
Why I Abandoned the Book:
I stopped reading How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly about 70 pages in. I just could not get into the storyline. It’s very random, almost stream-of-consciousness at times. While that works for me sometimes, I think part of the problem was that wasn’t in the mood for that sort of story, and didn’t expect it at all based on the description. The plot also moves very slowly; I don’t feel like anything really happened by the time I put it down. I didn’t really connect with the main character and was frustrated by the way she let her husband walk all over her. I’m assuming that will change as the novel progresses, but I decided not to see it through.
A Quick Look at Reviews:
LibraryThing has a total of 21 reviews of this book, with an average rating of 3.56. Many reviewers noted the same issues I did. Apparently it picks up quite a bit in the last 1/3 of the book. As far as blog reviews, Sandy from You’ve Gotta Read This loved this book, so I’d definitely recommend going over there to read her review.
I borrowed this format for reviewing unfinished books from Beth Fish Reads.