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Cemetery Bird

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Some families are like a car wreck: two die, one is paralyzed, another walks away.Twenty years ago Jay Aubuchon had a front-row seat to her mother's drug addiction and disappearance. As the rest of her family slowly fractured, Jay dropped out of high school and moved from Missouri to Arizona to become a Hotshot and connect with her mother's Apache heritage. Now a crippling ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Casperian Books
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Cindy Zelman
Jul 18, 2012 Cindy Zelman rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Jay, who is on a journey to connect with the mother who left her as a child, but who is destined to find connections of other kinds, including with two teenage boys: one autistic and one brain-damaged from child abuse. The emotion in the book is beautifully understated. The settings in Arizona and Missouri are alive enough to become characters. Even though the narrator, Jay, is reserved in her emotion, I still found myself crying over Boots Dorn. "Jesus' mother. Jesus' fathe ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Keija rated it really liked it
Bridget Bufford, a popular local creative writing instructor, has published her first novel, the absorbing and moving Cemetery Bird. Moving backwards and forwards in time over a twenty year period, the book follows narrator Jay Aubuchon as she navigates a dysfunctional childhood presided over by a junkie mother, a young adulthood spent in the ranks of Hotshot firefighters in Arizona, and finally, her return home to discover what is left of her family after her mother’s disappearance and her brot ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
When I was a high school student and avid reader, I thought this was the only kind of adult book there is-- a long hike through some hellish personal experienced with a difficult but profound lesson and sense of peace to be gained through the process. It's a wonder, given how autobiographical such books seem, that I wanted to be a writer!

Of course, now I know there are all kinds of books, even ones written by soft bodies like mine. This book, doesn't flinch on the horror-- narrator Jay/ Jenn has
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Jan 02, 2012 Baxter Trautman rated it liked it
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After a mishap on a fire-fighting crew Jay returns home to recuperate in the company of her father, sister-in-law, and autistic nephew. Bufford alternates between the present and 1983, when 12-year old Jay is forced to stay with her rigid grandmother after her mother runs away from rehab and a stint in jail. In an effortless transition from Jay the girl to Jay the woman, we follow a lost child as she becomes a lost adult.

There is a persistent tension in the present scenes from Jay's outings wit
Sandra Helen
Sep 06, 2012 Sandra Helen rated it it was amazing
I find Bridget Bufford's writing as brilliant and mesmerizing as any contemporary literary fiction today, and I expect we haven't seen the best of her yet. She has depth and breadth to encompass so much of our lives in such a compact novel. Cemetery Bird shows us damaged children surviving lives of abandonment, junkie mothers, or autism. She shows us how growing up different is not that different, really. We are all hurt, longing children at heart, and one of us may walk away unscathed from this ...more
Compelling, layered characters populate this book. Jay Aubuchon spends her life trying to make sense of her family - the mother who disappeared, the bipolar brother, the nephew with autism. It could be sappy melodrama, but the writing keeps everything understated just enough.
Feb 10, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book! Loved the characters and flow of the story! This would make a fine film, I do believe! I could easily read this one again!
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Cemetery Bird program on The Next Frontier 1 2 Dec 23, 2011 08:11AM  
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Review in Arts Axis 1 2 Sep 29, 2011 06:04AM  
Author Interview in Vox Magazine 1 2 Sep 29, 2011 05:58AM  
Bridget Bufford grew up in St. Louis and lives now in mid-Missouri where she leads creative writing workshops using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method.

Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including The Use of Personal Narratives in the Helping Professions, Romance for LIFE, Pillow Talk II, Body Check, and Writing Alone & With Others. Her novel Minus One: A Twelve-Step Journ
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