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The Wild Birds

(2018)
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Cast adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the death of her mother, a girl named Olive disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper's assistant on the Farallon Islands to escape the dangers of a world unkind to young women. In 1941, nomad Victor scours the Sierras searching for refuge from a home to which he never belonged. And in the present day, precocious fifteen year-old Lily struggles, despite her willfulness, to find a place for herself amongst the small town attitudes of Burning Hills, Oregon. Living alone with her hardscrabble mother Alice compounds the problem - though their unique relationship to the natural world ties them together, Alice keeps an awful secret from her daughter, one that threatens to ignite the tension growing between them.

Emily Strelow's mesmerizing debut stitches together a sprawling saga of the feral Northwest across farmlands and deserts and generations: an American mosaic alive with birdsong and gunsmoke, held together by a silver box of eggshells - a long-ago gift from a mother to her daughter. Written with grace, grit, and an acute knowledge of how the past insists upon itself, The Wild Birds is a radiant and human story about the shelters we find and make along our crooked paths home.



Praise for this book

"A love song to the living world, this shimmering, intricate web of a book is going to capture hearts." - Karen Russell


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wild Birds
Author(s): Emily Strelow
ISBN: 1-945572-75-2 / 978-1-945572-75-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Wild Birds
Author(s): Emily Strelow
Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
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