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Bird Summons

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
In her adventurous new novel, New York Times Notable author Leila Aboulela delivers a lively portrait of three women who embark on a journey of self-discovery while grappling with the conflicting demands of family, duty, and faith.

When Salma, Moni, and Iman - friends and active members of their local Muslim Women's group - decide to take a road trip together to the Scottish Highlands, they leave behind lives often dominated by obligation, frustrated desire, and dull predictability. Each wants something more out of life, but fears the cost of taking it. Salma is successful and happily married, but tempted to risk it all when she's contacted by her first love back in Egypt; Moni gave up a career in banking to care for her disabled son without the help of her indifferent husband; and Iman, in her twenties and already on her third marriage, longs for the freedom and autonomy she's never known. When the women are visited by the Hoopoe, a sacred bird from Muslim and Celtic literature, they are compelled to question their relationships to faith and femininity, love, loyalty, and sacrifice.

Brilliantly imagined, thoughtful and wise, Bird Summons confirms Leila Aboulela's reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A wonderful book. I loved the beauty of its language and the subtle interweaving of myth with the spiritual and physical journeys of the women. I found it fascinating, powerful and profound." - Anne Donovan

"BIRD SUMMONS is a Scottish-Arabic Canterbury Tales, a quest full of stories and surprises: a challenging storyteller's tour de force, uniting two radically different cultures with a handshake and a kiss." - Patricia Duncker

"BIRD SUMMONS is a magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Deep and wild." - Lucy Ellmann

"An intensely felt novel about an extraordinary journey that peels open one unexpected world after another." - Romesh Gunesekera

"BIRD SUMMONS is the story of three Arab women on a quest in the Scottish Highlands and how their experience challenges and reveals them layer by layer. It is engaging and funny and rich in narrative suspense." - Abdulrazak Gurnah

"BIRD SUMMONS is a heady blend of social realism, magic, Middle Eastern folktale and Celtic myth. Above all it is the story of three women on a journey not only to the Highlands but also into themselves, as they confront their hopes, fears and deepest secrets. Leila Aboulela's is a unique and refreshing voice in contemporary Scottish fiction." - James Robertson


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-4746-0012-3 / 978-1-4746-0012-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 0-8021-4915-4 / 978-0-8021-4915-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-4746-0093-X / 978-1-4746-0093-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
ISBN: 1-4746-0013-1 / 978-1-4746-0013-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Audio Editions

February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
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March 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
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Kindle Editions

February 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
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March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bird Summons
Author(s): Leila Aboulela
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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