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"Miraculous: spry and mordant, with sentences that lull you with their rhythms, then twist suddenly and sting." —Lauren Groff, author of Florida


"A twisting, strange delight, Parakeet shimmers a soft and generous light on the darkest of a woman's innermost thoughts." —Kristen Iversen, Refinery29

Acclaimed author of 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas Marie-Helene Bertino's Parakeet is a darkly funny and warm-hearted novel about a young woman whose dead grandmother (in the form of a parakeet) warns her not to marry and sends her out to find an estranged loved one.


The week of her wedding, The Bride is visited by a bird she recognizes as her dead grandmother because of the cornflower blue line beneath her eyes, her dubious expression, and the way she asks: What is the Internet?

Her grandmother is a parakeet. She says not to get married. She says: Go and find your brother.

In the days that follow, The Bride's march to the altar becomes a wild and increasingly fragmented, unstable journey that bends toward the surreal and forces her to confront matters long buried.

A novel that does justice to the hectic confusion of becoming a woman today, Parakeet asks and begins to answer the essential questions. How do our memories make, cage, and free us? How do we honor our experiences and still become our strongest, truest selves? Who are we responsible for, what do we owe them, and how do we allow them to change?

Urgent, strange, warm-hearted, and sly, Parakeet is ribboned with joy, fear, and an inextricable thread of real love. It is a startling, unforgettable, life-embracing exploration of self and connection.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Marie-Helene Bertino is one of my favorite writers working today, and her latest is one rare gem of a novel. In Bertino’s hands, anything seems possible, from a dead grandmother returning in the form of a bird to finding unexpected wonder in our strange and broken world, profound redemptions of the heart. Parakeet enchants and enthralls." - Laura van den Berg

"Marie-Helene Bertino's fiction is miraculous: spry and mordant, with sentences that lull you with their rhythms, then twist suddenly and sting. Parakeet is a strange book in the greatest sense: it sunders reality in sudden transformations and slippages, in the depth of its aches, in the beauty it insists upon in the face of violence, and in the powerful joy that Bertino dowses deep under the surface of even the bleakest moments of her characters' lives." - Lauren Groff

"Marie-Helene Bertino is an expert in breaking a heart so cleanly that it releases actual magic. Give up your idea of what a book is allowed to be, and she will show you the whole quivering universe." - Mira Jacob


Used availability for Marie-Helene Bertino's Parakeet

Hardback Editions

June 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Parakeet: A Novel
Author(s): Marie-Helene Bertino
ISBN: 0-374-22945-7 / 978-0-374-22945-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

June 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Parakeet: A Novel
Author(s): Marie-Helene Bertino
ISBN: 1-250-79851-5 / 978-1-250-79851-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Parakeet: A Novel
Author(s): Marie-Helene Bertino
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Parakeet: A Novel
Author(s): Marie-Helene Bertino
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Parakeet: A Novel
Author(s): Marie-Helene Bertino
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA