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The Bird King

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
From award-winning author G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King is an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.

G. Willow Wilson's debut novel Alif the Unseen was an NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and it established her as a vital American Muslim literary voice. Now she delivers The Bird King, a stunning new novel that tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret - he can draw maps of places he's never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan's gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls? As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"The Bird King is marvelous in the deepest sense?a treasure-house of a novel, thrilling, tender, funny, and achingly gorgeous. I loved it." - Lev Grossman

"The Bird King takes a time period that’s passed into cliché and makes it new and strange again. In this novel, the real runs alongside the fantastic, one informing the other, G. Willow Wilson’s eye for detail and her titanic imagination pumping together like pistons. She’s incredible. The Bird King has big things to say about states and souls, and it’s going to take you on a rollicking ride while it says them. I was fascinated and riveted and, by the end, deeply moved." - Robin Sloan


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Hardback Editions

August 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Bird King (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 1-4328-6719-9 / 978-1-4328-6719-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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July 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 1-61185-636-1 / 978-1-61185-636-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 0-8021-2903-X / 978-0-8021-2903-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 1-61185-471-7 / 978-1-61185-471-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 0-8021-4829-8 / 978-0-8021-4829-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 1-61185-465-2 / 978-1-61185-465-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
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Audio Editions

March 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 1-978649-21-5 / 978-1-978649-21-7
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
ISBN: 1-978649-22-3 / 978-1-978649-22-4
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Bird King
Author(s): G Willow Wilson
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA