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The Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis
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Dec 12, 09

bookshelves: fiction-family-drama, environmental, american, slavery, korean, bellwether-prize
read count: 1

A quick and powerful read that has 2 main subjects:
The use of Korean women as slave prostitutes on American bases during the Korean war
The Salton Sea in California and the environmental issues that plague it.
The story is told through birds, song and drumming, and the relationships between mothers and daughters. There is a lot of heartbreak here, a lot of dead birds actually. But there is redemption also, and some of the birds live you know.
My favorite praise that I read about the book is this, "The vivid tale of a woman learning to save and cherish life." -- San Francisco Chronicle
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