From one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists comes a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness.
Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something - or someone - picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast.... And there is also Jake's past - hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back - a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption.
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Strange, Delicate, Brutal
- Sparkly "interested in history, science, and pulp fiction"
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Beloved. The English Patient. The Poisonwood Bible. All the Pretty Horses. And now--All The Birds, Singing. Evie Wyld has extraordinary talent. This is the tale of a haunted protagonist, told by a poets' mind with simple and direct language. Dark and elemental. A woman keeps sheep on an island off Britain. Something is disemboweling them. In alternating chapters, the story progresses forward on the Island, and backwards on an Australian sheep station. The plot should be difficult to follow, but it isn't--it should be gimmicky, but it is necessary and compelling as we are drawn deeper and deeper into this young woman's history. I'm rarely blown away, but I'm blown away. Well performed too. I urge you to listen to this.