142 Ostriches

142 Ostriches

Set against the unexpected splendor of an ostrich ranch in the California desert, April Dávila's beautifully written debut conjures an absorbing and compelling heroine in a story of courage, family and forgiveness.

When Tallulah Jones was thirteen, her grandmother plucked her from the dank Oakland apartment she shared with her unreliable mom and brought her to the family ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert. After eleven years caring for the curious, graceful birds, Tallulah accepts a job in Montana and prepares to leave home. But when Grandma Helen dies under strange circumstances, Tallulah inherits everything—just days before the birds inexplicably stop laying eggs.

Guarding the secret of the suddenly barren birds, Tallulah endeavors to force through a sale of the ranch, a task that is complicated by the arrival of her extended family. Their designs on the property, and deeply rooted dysfunction, threaten Tallulah's ambitions and eventually her life. With no options left, Tallulah must pull her head out of the sand and face the fifty-year legacy of a family in turmoil: the reality of her grandmother's death, her mother's alcoholism, her uncle's covetous anger, and the 142 ostriches whose lives are in her hands.

Title:142 Ostriches
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781496724700
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    142 Ostriches Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    Tallulah Jones use to live with her alcoholic- mother in a pathetic apartment in Oakland.... but at age 13, her grandmother took over the caretaking - and moved Tallulah to her ostrich ranch in the Mo...

  • Diane S ?

    This turned out to be quite a nice novel of self discovery. Though I am reading some lighter reads, when I first started this I thought it might be too light. Yet, how many chances are there to read a...

  • Blaine DeSantis

    When the year is over, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year! Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in ret...

  • Nursebookie

    Have you ever been in love with an ostrich before? I never thought I would until I read this book. This debut novel by April Davila was so beautifully written about a family operating an ostrich farm ...

  • ?Karen

    This was a lighter read for me than what I usually turn to, but it is a little gem of a book. Favorite characters, of course: The 142 ostriches on the ranch. The ranch, in the Mojave Desert of Califor...

  • Cheri

    Four days after Tallulah’s Grandma Helen dies, her mother’s mother – a woman she hasn’t seen since she was 13 years old when her grandmother drove to the apartment her mother was renting and d...

  • ? Sandi ?

    4 starsThis book is a family saga about an ostrich ranch in the Mojave desert. I knew nothing about ostriches, other than they have a vicious bite or peck and very strong legs that can do a lot of dam...

  • Blaine DeSantis

    When the year is over, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year! Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in ret...

  • Amy Meyerson

    142 Ostriches is unlike anything I’ve read before. Wholly unique, this cinematic novel exposes readers to the relatively unknown industry of ostrich farming. In Davila’s skillful hands, the desert...

  • Marilyn

    I feel so lucky to have neighbors that like to share books with me. Our local library recently started to lend books again curbside. One of the many books my neighbor borrowed was 142 Ostriches by Apr...