The Afterlife of Birds

The Afterlife of Birds

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A gorgeous, deeply felt debut novel about obsession, loneliness, and the surprising ways we find to connect with each other. Henry Jett's life is slowly going nowhere. His girlfriend recently left, and his job in a local garage is uninspiring, considering that he doesn't particularly like cars. Henry finds solace in his eccentric passion, rebuilding the skeletons of birds and animals. Meanwhile Henry's brother, Dan, is disappearing into an obsession of his own. Without Dan to rely on, Henry begins to engage in new ways with the people around him in his Prairie city: the 80-year-old Russian émigré who delights in telling stories; the very pregnant former employee of his mother's; the lawyer who may or may not be his brother's ex-girlfriend. Gradually they demand that Henry become a participant in his own story, and Henry must forge his own way of living in the world.
Publisher: Calgary, Alberta :, Freehand Books,, [2015]
Description: 313 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781554812653
Branch Call Number: Phil


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Oct 30, 2016

found this on a 'literary fiction' shelf in my library. tellingly written by a poet.

Henry gathers, as well as renders, bird and small mammal skeletons as he leads a rather bare-bones existence in his own emotional life.

his journey to connection is sprinkled with facts about bacula, bear stories from Russia and skulls with sun-glasses.

enjoyable read.

May 05, 2016

Lyrical. Initially puzzled by style and flow, then somehow I had covered several chapters without pause. Quite interesting. Will recommend to friends who read for pleasure.

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