Friday, June 23, 2006

59. "Birds in Fall" ~ Brad Kessler

A plane crashes into the ocean near an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. An ornithologist, Ana, along with several of the other family members, stays at a bed and breakfast on the small island while waiting for search and rescue to find her husband.

Kessler beautifully weaves mythology, poetry, and music to provide the tapestry that acts as a backdrop to the tragedy. Though several characters are the sources of the tale, each has a unique voice, a fascinating take on the meaning of death, grief, pain, healing. It's also the most diverse set of characters (ethnically, religiously, morally) that I've seen in a novel.

Lovely, lovely work.

4.5 out of 5.0 Chambard Frosts.

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