Apr 13, 2010

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.


Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. In 1996, she published Before Women Had Wings, which became a paperback bestseller and was made into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She founded the Connie May Fowler Women With Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need.


Clarissa is a very troubled young woman. She is unhappy in her marriage, unable to fulfill her book writing commitments, and she dreams of ways to get rid of her husband. And this is just a small part of what she had to deal with in a twenty-four hour period.

This is the first book I have read by Connie May Fowler, so I really didn't know what to expect. I found the jumbled mixture of reality and imagination a bit overwhelming, and unfortunately, this story didn't quite work for me.

I am very interested in reading other reviews on this book, and here is a list of other blog tour participants for today:

Thank you to Hachette Books for a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 2 2010)
ISBN-10: 0446540684
ISBN-13: 978-0446540681

1 comment:

  1. Dear Janet,

    Thank you so much for reading How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and taking the time to post your thoughts. This is my seventh book and, if I had to choose one, is my favorite to date. It's growing ever harder to get the word out about good books so I really appreciate you and your blog. Here is a terrific review of the novel that I hope you will find interesting: http://barcelonareview.com/rev/70.html#2

    Again, thank you, Janet, and happy reading! Connie May Fowler, www.conniefowler.com