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A young, female photographer arrives in a remote Canadian forest in search of a long-missing person. She finds two old men, octogenarians, living out a dream of freedom, and an old woman living out the freedom of a dream. In short bursts of beautiful, contemplative prose, French-Canadian author Jocelyne Saucier offers the listener an interior journey informed by its exterior setting: light, shade, trees, cold, death...
And the Birds Rained Down, the recipient of several prizes, is a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.
Please note: The French version came before the English translation.
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By Patricia Filteau on 03-23-15
Magical and raw, compassionate and compelling
This narrator illuminated Jocelyne Saucier's exquisite tale about individuals who have the courage to make their own choices on how to live and die. An important story, pulling on the threads that comprise the fabric of the Canadian experience. It explores the healing strength of living simply close to wilderness to iced by love. This is a novel that pushes against barriers and gently sets them aside to embrace a satisfying way of life. The tale is told in sparse, precise yet poetically beautiful prose.