Two different reviews written by Galesburg Public Library patrons of The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway:
The author has a very refreshing style of writing - short sentences, short chapters, an uncanny ability to draw you into the story, the subject matter about which you have little or no interest but about which she has great knowledge and the ability to impart that knowledge to you and make you want more. You will finish the book because of our human interest in all the sordid details of others' lives. No matter our circumstances (or others'), self made or not, we can't help but hope for something better in the long run....if not for ourselves, for someone close to us.
Do you read slowly, savor the use of words and references, enjoy characterization and an interrupted story line, and remember TREASURE ISLAND? This is the book for you. This is NOT a quick read book, but a predictable ending book about an ornithologist as he re-focuses on his past life from 1917 to 1973. Be prepared to learn about birds, Maine and the Solomon Islands through Jim's life experiences. I enjoyed the book. This book does NOT call you to be read; you need to want to know Jim better. Greenway's writing style is clear. I hope to read other books by Greenway.