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The Butterfly Girl: A Novel

The Butterfly Girl: A Novel

Написано Rene Denfeld

Озвучено Alyssa Bresnahan


The Butterfly Girl: A Novel

Написано Rene Denfeld

Озвучено Alyssa Bresnahan

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Oct 1, 2019
ISBN:
9780062958228
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The Butterfly Girl is a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried.

A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.

The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood—the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you've been found? But will they find the answer too late?

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Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, licensed investigator, and foster mother. She is the author of the novels The Butterfly Girl, The Child Finder and The Enchanted. Her novels have won numerous awards including a French Prix, and The New York Times named her a 2017 hero of the year for her justice work. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • (4/5)
    The Butterfly Girl, Rene Denfeld, author; Alyssa Bresnahan, narratorTwo children, who were living in an orphanage in a farm town in Oregon, suddenly went missing and were never found. The Child Finder, Naomi Cottle, was one of those children. When she escaped, at age 9, she had left her younger sister behind. She was in shock, and could remember very little, she did not even remember her sister’s name. She was unable to lead the authorities back to where she had been captive. They could not find her little sister.Naomi was placed in the care of a kind and loving foster parent who helped her recover. It was there that she met Jerome, a Native American Indian, who was now her husband. He had also been a foster child living with Mrs. Cottle. He, too, recovered from his painful past with the help of this wonderful woman. Now, just about two decades after her escape, both 30 years old, they are searching for her sister. Naomi believed that her sister might still be alive. Their efforts have taken them back, full circle, to the place it all began, in Oregon. She and Jerome were staying with Naomi’s friend Diane.Although she was hoping to find her alive, even though so much time had passed, when she heard of the Green River Killer, a murderer who was dumping women into the river, she feared one of them might be her sister. She was drawn into the investigation which was so close to the place where she had been abducted so many years ago.As she walked about town posting flyers and questioning residents about her sister, she met street children, young kids living from hand to mouth on handouts. They were always in danger. Celia was one of the kids on skid row. She was 12, almost 13 years old, and had been on the street for 9 months. She had brought criminal charges against her stepfather. When he was acquitted she ran away from home to escape further physical and sexual abuse. Her mother, addicted to drugs because of him, had vouched for him, and so Celia was branded as a liar. Now she goes back home occasionally, only when he is gone, in order to check on her 6 year old sister, Alyssa, and to clean up the house. Her mother is generally stoned. She doesn’t think that her stepfather has sexually abused her sister yet and has no idea how to protect her. Meanwhile, Naomi is looking for a needle in a haystack. She doesn’t know her sister’s name, first or last, and she has no photo of her, but she relates her story and tells those that she meets that her sister is approximately 25 years old now. She and her sister had been kept underground. It was a terrible story. She notices a scar-faced disheveled man watching Celia who hangs out at the library reading a book about butterflies. She puts notes into the book so that someday, someone will find them and know that she existed. She imagines that she is a butterfly and can fly away. Naomi wonders if the scar-faced man is a danger to Celia. She is drawn to Celia and Celia is drawn to her.Will Naomi find out anything about her sister? Will Celia be safe? This novel skillfully delves into the lives of runaways. Their reasons, experiences and various deprivations are explored compassionately, offering insight into the lives of troubled youth. Is there hope for their future?
  • (4/5)
    Well done sequel! A year after the events in "The Child Finder" Naomi is fully focused on finding her sister. This takes her on quite a few journeys, and she ends up in the skid row section of Portland, Oregon and meeting a street kid named Celia. Several story lines are shooting around this book, and when they intersect, well it's magic! This is my third Denfeld read, and all 3 have been a treat! The only reason I didn't give this a full 5 stars, is that I grew a bit tired of all of the butterfly references and descriptions. HOWEVER, the ending really made those even more magical! A very satisfying, and well written read!
  • (4/5)
    A second outing for Naomi, the child finder. She has vowed not to work anymore cases until she finds her sister. The problem is she remembers so little of the place she escaped from, she only remembers singing to her little sister when she was afraid. Young street girls are bring murdered, their bodies pulled from the river. This gets Naomis attention and she and her husband travel to find out whatever they can. She meets a young girl, Celia,only twelve living on the street, who may have answers she doesn't know she has.As a former street child herself, our authors paints these scenes with accuracy and poinancy. Another group of throwaway people, children, that as a society we look away from. Denfeld also includes something that makes her stories memorable, in this case butterflies. You will have to read to find out what they mean in the book. Lastly, it is a book about sisters, the ties that bind, showing how far one will go to protect someone they love. I love her books because besides being mysteries, they are darn good at poking holes in the way we view our society. There is always a message, but are we strong enough to see. ARC from Edelweiss.
  • (4/5)
    A solid follow-up to the stunning Child Finder, it was good to spend time with Naomi and Jerome again as they help street kids.