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Birds in Fall

ISBN-10: 0743287398

ISBN-13: 9780743287395

Edition: 2007

Authors: Brad Kessler

List price: $16.00
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One fall night, an innkeeper on a remote island in Nova Scotia watches an airplane plummet to the sea. As the search for survivors envelops the island, the mourning families gather at the inn, waiting for news of those they have lost. Here among strangers, they form an unusual community, struggling for comfort and consolation. A Taiwanese couple sets out fruit for their daughter's ghost. A Bulgarian man plays piano in the dark, sending the music to his lost wife. Two Dutch teenagers rage against their parents' death. An Iranian exile, mourning his niece, recites the Persian tales that carry the wisdom of centuries. At the center of this striking novel is Ana Gathreaux, an ornithologist who specializes in bird migration, and whose husband perished on the flight. What unfolds is the story of how these families unite and disperse in the wake of the tragedy, and how their interweaving lives are ultimately transformed. Brad Kessler's knowledge of the natural world, music, and myth enriches every page.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 3/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Brad Kessler's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Doubletake, The Nation, & The Village Voice. A former editor at Interview magazine, he is the author of several award-winning children's books, including "The Firebird", "Brer Rabbit & Boss Lion", & "John Henry". He lives in Vermont & New York City.