In the 1920s, Garnet Richardson is sent out of town for the summer, where she explores her interest in birds, feminism, and a budding relationship with a flapper.
In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park–a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians–her father’s wealthy cousin and the matron’s stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.
Silhouette of a Sparrow is a coming-of-age story about a search for wildness in a confining time, and a simultaneous quest for security in an era full of unrest. It is the tale of a young woman’s discovery of the science of risk and the art of rebellion, and of course, the power of unexpected love.
Cis girls: Garnet, Isabella (side character)
Lesbian/Queer: Garnet, Isabella
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
White: Garnet, Isabella
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for queer rep.