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Cuba. Music. Love. Theft. An out-of-work actress travels to Havana in search of purpose. Her entanglements there are filled with mixed motivations, selfishness and altruism, love and peril, faith and disaster. Mockingbird charts the hurricane-fraught course of Mia's journey back home. As Mia says, "Legal and moral are hardly the same."
Paperback, 252 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by MP Publishing (first published August 13th 2013)
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Aditi
Nov 14, 2014 Aditi rated it really liked it
Cuba is such a beautiful country, and everywhere you go, there's music and people dancing - especially in Havana.
----Julia Sawalha, an English actress

Julie Trimingham, a Canadian author, penned her debut novel, Mockingbird, that explores motherhood, ghosts from the past, inner turmoil and the Cuban culture.

Synopsis:
Cuba. Music. Love. Theft. An out-of-work actress travels to Havana in search of purpose. Her entanglements there are filled with mixed motivations, selfishness and altruism, love a
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Erna
Jan 19, 2014 Erna rated it it was amazing
This book reads so beautifully that it seems to have just slid right off of the pen. It is lyrical and refined and graceful yes all of this and in equal part, very funny. Mia, the main character, is written to posses quite a dry wit - how else to tolerate the ridiculous situation in which she finds herself in Cuba with her hapless and ineffectual boyfriend Alex. But Mia "gets" it - she sees where she is and who she is surrounded by, and comments, quite wryly at times, on the absurdity of her lif ...more
Sue
Jul 28, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
I won a copy of "Mockingbird" by Julie Trimingham through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. Mockingbird is written in the first person, a love letter to the baby, a lullaby for the heart.

Mia,an actress currently out of work, but financially stable, had accepted an invitation from her boyfriend, Alex, a professor, currently writing a book on the appeal of Cuba and its music, to take a trip to Havana, Cuba, while he finished his book. They left Montreal for Havana to stay in Miramar under official a
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Brenda Ayala
Jul 25, 2013 Brenda Ayala rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, signed
While there was a great deal of similes spanning throughout the pages of this book, I found that I didn't really care; they were usually acceptable and warranted, and even if they hadn't been the story was captivating enough that I probably wouldn't have noticed.

It's a literary journey that kept my interest the entire time. Set against the backdrop of Cuba's history and dereliction, our protagonist Mia marvels at each notion she observes. Including the beauty and crumbling nature of Havana, as w
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Scott
Feb 10, 2014 Scott rated it liked it
Self-absorbed narrator visiting Cuba commits to adopting an infant who is seemingly abandoned. There is tangible color in the setting and poetic passion in the telling. Bellingham Book Club (BBC) January 2014.
Lisa
Apr 26, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Without giving too much away, this book left me feeling saddened. The language is fluid and colorful. However, the storyline exploits the Cuban culture instead of letting the characters experience the life around them.
Tori
Jan 08, 2014 Tori rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. The author did a fantastic job writing this novel and to think this was her FIRST novel written! I couldn't believe this was a fictional story, it was incredibly easy to picture and very realistic. I felt for Mia. The whole story through she seemed as if she was stuck in a rut letting her youth go day by day. She didn't know her true self, wasn't sure of a future, and just did not know what she wanted from life aside from getting lost in it. Getting stuck in the party phase of ...more
Randy
Dec 26, 2013 Randy rated it really liked it
I’m always anxious when I sit down to read something authored by a person I know. If I don’t like it, what will I say when I’m faced with saying something?

Fortunately, with Mockingbird there is nothing but good to report. The writing is terrific and the story compelling.

A Canadian actress, failing in her career, but supported with a trust fund, travels to Cuba with her academic boyfriend who is researching a book on Cuban music. While there, in this foreign place, a strange set of circumstances
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Europa
Jul 25, 2013 Europa rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, arctastic
Rating: 4.5 stars

First Impressions: Well first of all I must mention that I received this free book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway (my first win!). I want to thank the author for her kindness for the book, but also the unpublicized lovely bookmark and personalized autograph. Just to clarify, my review is my own opinion and uninfluenced by any of the above.

Some of the first things I noted about this book was the lyrical prose. I loved the way it read like a painting, with smooth sentenc
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Lara Kleinschroth
Jul 19, 2013 Lara Kleinschroth rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a neat little study of one woman's journey, of her opening up to possibilities beyond her current narrow definition of herself. Mia is at loose ends, personally and professionally. Her relationship with Alex is stale and she knows it, but tags along with him on his working trip to Cuba anyway. Most of us think of going somewhere like Cuba or elsewhere in the Caribbean as a romantic getaway, a chance to spend time with and reconnect with our spouses. The beaches, sunsets, luxurious resort ...more
Colleen Story
Jul 06, 2014 Colleen Story rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
When reading Julie's book, you feel almost like you're experiencing the work of a painter at the canvas rather than a writer with her pen. She has a brilliant gift for description the likes I've rarely seen. An example:

"I remember an early date with one of my exes, a hurricane ex. It's a bistro in Vienna, and we have the place to ourselves. He starts taking my picture. I'm in a black turtleneck and the sun backlights me. Crumbs from my croissant dust the table. The first frames show a smear of
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Martina
Aug 08, 2013 Martina rated it liked it
Mockingbird was ok. I quite enjoyed reading it but I dont think it's the kind of book I'd ever want to read again. The story was enjoyable, my main problems were the characters. I didn't really like any of them as I found them all boring.Mia annoyed me and I found her sort of bit selfish.
The reason I gave this book 4 stars is because the languahe and the way it was written was simply beautiful. I mean I could clearly imagine myself walking throught the streets of Havana. The descriptions were s
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Elizabeth
Jun 30, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Mockingbird has a simple premise but tackles complex issues of love, loss, morality, and identity. This slim novel is written in refreshingly clean, clear prose and Trumingham does not neglect a single sense in her beautiful descriptions. The novel reads like a love letter with many recipients. A tribute to a child, an exploration of motherhood, and a struggle to identify her place in the world and in the world she has stumbled into. Triminghams's characters are well drawn and fully realized and ...more
Diane
Nov 22, 2013 Diane rated it liked it
I won a copy of this from the First Reads Giveaway. I have mixed feelings about this book.. The book is written as a letter to a child, telling a story of how she came to her mother. The author takes awhile to get to the point. I was almost as bored with Cuba as Mia. Alex is a jerk, Carlos a mystery and Mia a middle aged wreck. However,once the child enters the story it was hard to put the book down. It reminds me of a poem I saw years ago: "Not flesh of my flesh" by Fleur Conkling Heyliger
"Not
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Marilyn
Oct 01, 2013 Marilyn rated it liked it
It was enjoyable reading a first novel from a talented author who was a student in a school where you worked as a counselor. Julie has a great deal of talent with words as she describes her character's life during her Cuba adventure in relationship to her inner world. Told in the first person, I had to get used to the metaphoric language that could be overwhelming. The main character's inner world was heavy with analysis and past issues, but once I got past the first pages, I couldn't put it dow ...more
Denise
Nov 23, 2013 Denise rated it liked it
I won a copy of this from the First Read Giveaways. I have mixed reviews about this book, and would actually rate it 3.5 stars. The book is written as a letter to a child, telling a story of how she came to her mother. The author takes awhile to get to the point in the story where the child even enters the story. The back story was a little boring to me, but once the child enters the story I couldn't put the book down. It is beautifully written book even if the style is a little different than w ...more
Julie Hall
Jul 29, 2013 Julie Hall rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This impressive debut novel from Julie Triminham, was definitely one I will never forget. I won the novel through a giveaway on Goodreads and started reading it as soon as it got here- after that I couldn't put it down! The cover itself is beautiful however it's the writing inside that is most striking. It's an all around incredible read that everyone should experience at one point in their lives- all I can say is well done Julie, this one's outstanding.
Allana Kellett
Nov 22, 2013 Allana Kellett rated it did not like it
I won this book on a goodreads giveaway. Saying that I will now say that this book drove me nuts. The author starts rambling so much that I am not sure what is actually going on. They refer to things that they say they will tell you about later and then later never comes. I stayed confused reading the book. I don't want to say much more as I will spoil the book for someone who might like it, but this was the most rambling book that I think I have ever read.
Jaime
Nov 06, 2013 Jaime rated it liked it
This fever dream of a novel meshes feelings and treaties on loves in different forms, such as the love we have for a partner and the love we have for our children, no matter how we may become parents. Cuba, music, the ordinary tragedy of a stilted relationship and the blossoming of love felt for a child found, this and more will be fond in Mockingbird.
Shelley
Jan 31, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
I thought it was beautifully written in an almost poetic style. I have always been interested in visiting Cuba- thought of it as a sort of a un-spoiled Hawaii stuck in a time warp- but reading the author's realistic experiences have changed my ignorant vision- think I'll choose Hawaii! I did not like the way she ended her story- no wrap up just a lingering unknown...
Virginia
Oct 22, 2016 Virginia rated it liked it
Lyrical and touching, the protagonist of this story finds herself during a trip to Havana, when she encounters an abandoned infant left in a vacant car. The story is contemplative and quiet, literary in temperament. The plot proceeds linearly, but the creative descriptions and the way the main character reveals herself to herself along with the reader kept me turning pages. A pleasure.
Mary
Aug 24, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
I just finished this story for my book club. The story was well written, but very different than what I'm used to. I didn't dislike the book. The story line was interesting, but I didn't love the book or the characters. I love complex characters and Mia was very complex, but I wasn't in love with her. It will be interesting to see what my book club has to say about it.
Marie-Josée
Jul 30, 2013 Marie-Josée rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this book, it reminded me of my time spent in Havana with a Cuban family. Being very familiar with the Cuban culture and the Spanish language, this book got my interest right away. I also liked the few references of Montréal as I am Canadian. The author’s style of writing is very different, almost poetic at times.
Kim
Oct 09, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Took some getting "into" but enjoyed it overall. Lots of wonderful poetic language.
Nanmck
Aug 05, 2013 Nanmck rated it it was amazing
Loved the story, the descriptive language made me feel like I was in Cuba walking alongside of Mia. I didn't want it to end.
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Julie Trimingham lives on an island in the Salish Sea, where the border between the US and Canada is blurred.

She is the director of several acclaimed films. Mockingbird, published by MP Publishing, is her first novel.
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