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Birds In Fall by Brad Kessler
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Aug 18, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: people who enjoy multi-narrated books
Read in December, 2006

This book was sent to me by Andrea, the good egg that she is, and I'm grateful, because it was one of the best books I'd read in a long time.

It begins with a plane crash, a pretty bad one, based on the relatively recent Dutch ones that were all over the news a few years back. It tells the story of the people who died, but mostly it focuses on the ones who are left, and how they all come together on an island in Nova Scotia to await news of their loved ones.

There are a few nitpicks I have -- I guess the biggest one is with the owner of the inn, who occasionally seems like a big baby without having enough of a reason for it. I can't decide if that's because I'm not sympathetic enough, or if the author is telling me that there are some reasons to be sympathetic but not spending enough time on them. Still, the innkeeper is an interesting character, and you sort of begin to root for him after the first couple of chapters.

But what struck me about this book was the way Kessler is able to keep metaphor going. It's really an amazing feat -- sometimes it's so clear and strong what he's trying to do, and then sometimes it's absolutely delicate and subtle, so much so that you are surprised when you realize what he's been doing. It's really amazing, how he sustains it, and that was what I loved about this book. It's delicate and certain all at once. Lovely.

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I knew you would love this book! Brad's writing reminds me of yours....

message 2: by Vicki (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:10PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Vicki The Merman Mask really knocked me over -- thanks so much for this one, Mzz. B!

message 3: by Vicki (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:10PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Vicki And, Jesus. Thanks for that nice compliment!

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