Raised by her older sister, Annie, to whom she was given as a Christmas present because her mother, Pearl didn’t want her, Einna (Annie, spelled backwards) quickly discovers that she doesn’t fit in, so she looks for escape in whatever form she can find it.
As an adult, Einna continues to long for peace and acceptance, but finds mainly intolerance and cruelty. At every turn, the crocodiles continue to snap. Despite this, under the guidance and giggles of her three friends, Einna eventually spreads her wings, gains her independence and accepts that, even if you can’t always smile, with the help of the angels, you can sometimes fly.
In this bittersweet, humorous debut novel of one woman’s fight against the crocodiles in her life Carolyn Belcher has created characters, flawed as we all are, but nevertheless with endearing qualities, led by Einna, who takes comfort in the simple things in life as she learns to step carefully over the crocodiles, while praising the angels.