Lift by Rebecca K. O’Connor
Lift is the charming and encouraging true story of a woman’s acquisition of a baby peregrine falcon, something that she’s been fascinated with since being a child. But it is not just the story of a girl and the bird she loves, it’s also about how the falcon helps author Rebecca O’Connor to understand and accept the past and current events in her life. Most falconers are hunters but a scarred O’Connor is aware that she’s “more prey than predator.” This is true because she was abandoned by her parents while very young, lost the grandparents who raised her, and is surprised to discover that her boyfriend has different values.
In the life of the soaring falcon, O’Connor observes a creature that is focused on survival, no matter what it takes. It is, at first, a massive struggle to tame the bird, but then she sees and accepts that this feathered hunter will always maintain his independence. O’Connor, in a sense, gets to experience freedom and strength vicariously through her peregrine, and it transforms her into a stronger person.
If you liked Alex and Me or Wesley the Owl, there is an extremely good chance that you will love Lift.
Red Hen Press, $18.95, 206 pages