Adult Book Discussion~Flight of the Sparrow

Flight of the Sparrow book cover

Wednesday November 1  at 7:00 pm

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown


 This historical novel is based on the life of Mary Rowlandson who was captured by  Narragansett, Wampanoag and Nashaway/Nipmuc Indians during King Phillip’s War in 1675.  “Based on the true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.”  description from Amazon.com

The Old Berwick Historical Society asked us to include a novel set in the era of Kind Phillip’s War for a joint fall program to correspond to OBHS’s exhibit “Forgotten Frontier.”  After a lengthy (and fruitless) search for a novel from the point of view of Native Americans we gave up. The only novel that we could find that was set in the era was “The Orenda” by Joseph Boyden, who claims of First Nation heritage have been questioned.  Consequently, we chose “Flight of the Sparrow” which is definitely told from the viewpoint of a white European society.  We hope that someone with Native American or First Nation credentials or a person of other background with endorsement from the tribes writes a novel sometime in the future.


We are departing slightly from alternating fiction and nonfiction this fall in order to partner with other organizations and programming.  Two nonfiction in a row and then two fiction to finish out the year.

The South Berwick Public Library Book Group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. to discuss a title.  Selections alternate between fiction and nonfiction and copies are available at the desk.