Review for The Year of Necessary Lies

This book was so much more than I expected.

On the surface, this book is about a woman who chooses to champion the cause of birds in the early 1900’s, when the height of fashion included wearing feathered hats, and the plumage industry made millions. Yet this is so much more than an historical novel. This is the story of a woman who learns who she truly is, what she values, and to live in such a way that she can be true to herself. In doing so, she rejects many of the conventions of the day, and embrace what is truly important to her.

Kris Radish has outdone herself in this book. The writing is eloquent, and the imagery is poignant. My only complaint is one unresolved question at the end, but that’s just me wanting the story to keep going. Overall, I would highly recommend this book.