Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Susie Finkbeiner & The Nature of Small Birds

Posted July 5, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Susie Finkbeiner / 28 Comments

I’m delighted to welcome Susie Finkbeiner today to share the playlist for her new release, The Nature of Small Birds!

GENRE: Inspirational Fiction
RELEASE DATE: July 6, 2021
PAGES: 368

In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adopted family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival in their lives.

Though her father supports Mindy’s desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he’ll lose the daughter he’s poured his heart into. Mindy’s mother undergoes the emotional rollercoaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy’s sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family–but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.


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by Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds

Since The Nature of Small Birds is set in three different eras (1975, 1988, and 2013), the playlist/soundtrack is pretty eclectic!

Fortunate Son by Credence Clearwater Revival
Close to You by The Carpenters
Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
Sunny by Marvin Gaye
It’s a Beautiful Morning by The Rascals
Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
Sunshine Day by The Brady Bunch
Blackbird by The Beatles
I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet by Carol King
Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain and Tennille
Raspberry Beret by Prince
Take My Breath Away by Berlin
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica
Glory of Love by Chicago
Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
Crazy for You by Madonna
Eternal Flame by The Bangles
Let it Go from Frozen

Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of All Manner of Things, which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, and Stories That Bind Us, as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home. She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

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Revell is offering a print copy of The Nature of Small Birds to THREE of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner? Any fave songs on her playlist?

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28 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Susie Finkbeiner & The Nature of Small Birds

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    My husband and I have an adopted daughter, and I’d love to read this book for additional perspectives on the subject. Everything Susie Finkbeiner writes is amazing!

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    Love most of the song choices, although I haven’t heard a couple. I’m old! I love Chicago since I grew up in that era just outside of the City in the 60s.

  3. Joanne Sher

    The fact that Susie Finkbeiner wrote it automatically puts it on my must read list – but the different timelines makes me even more eager! And Benny and the Jets is likely my favorite of that list, but I love quite a few! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Megan

    That’s a great playlist you have there! The cover is lovely and the book sounds very interesting.

  5. Carl

    The Vietnam War and its aftermath were a big part of my life when I was a teen. I’m always looking for more insight. Thanks.

  6. Landslide is an all time favorite of mine. I have not read any of Susie’s books before but I’m hoping to change that soon 😊

  7. Trixi

    I absolutely LOVE the sound of this book & have been eye-balling it ever since I saw this cover for the first time!

    I’m sure I’ve heard most of the older songs. I am an 80’s girl that was into music, plus my dad was a DJ and played a LOT of songs at dances. Of course I’ve seen Frozen & Frozen 2 with the grand-girl so “Let it Go” is one I know too. I’d take the oldies but goodies over today’s music…lol!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of “The Nature of Small Birds” & the fun author guest post Carrie.

  8. Perrianne Askew

    I’ve read one of her books and it was excellent! I would love to read another one. I don’t have any experience with international adoption, but a former neighbor was one of the last kids out of Korean during the airlifts. She told me that a cousin had passed away and she used her credentials to get out of Korea. I never knew if the name she used was her real one or not.

  9. Winnie Thomas

    I love Susie’s books! She’s an amazing author! I’m also very interested in this story because my adopted grandson’s father was one of the children airlifted from Vietnam!

  10. Connie Scruggs

    I had not heard about these children’s adoptions before. This sounds like an interesting book and one I can learn something new from.
    There are several songs I like on the playlist. I was born in 1970, so late 70s music and 80s pop are some of my favorites. I love Benny and the Jets, and pretty much everything Elton John.

  11. Teri DiVincenzo

    I’ve had this one on my radar for a while, and I hope to read along with Revell! I seldom read books set in the 1960s and I just feel like I’ll connect with the story.

  12. Hesper Fry

    The book sounds so good and would love to read this per the blurb. I appreciate you sharing!

  13. Faith Creech

    We have lived in S.E.Asia and traveled all over the region. I love anything to do with that area of the world. Thanks for the chance to win.

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