I'm captivated by Julie Cantrell's writing, and didn't want any prior information about this book, so I preordered The Feathered Bone with no knowledge of what the book would reveal. Very difficult topics are broached throughout the book, with a depth of reality that is heart wrenching, emotional, and disturbing.
The first four chapters of the book made me extremely uneasy as a classroom of children touring some of the highlights of New Orleans sent my anxiety level skyrocketing. I immediately sensed the presence of evil, and the Mardi Gras atmosphere sent chills down my spine. A garish, clown-like atmosphere of illusions and bizarre activities came to mind.
Descriptive within tactful parameters of very difficult topics, those revelations are balanced by a strong message of faith and hope. This book is an experience in the hard core realities of life at its bottom line. Profound and powerful themes are strong features of The Feathered Bone.
Characters are believable and well developed, and events represented are authentic. My impression of Ms. Cantrell's most recent book is one of strength and immense compassion for humanity. I highly recommend this book. In lieu of revealing spoilers or information that may take away from your reading experience I will not go into further details.