All the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing

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"From one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness. Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something--or someone--picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake's past--hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back--a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, [2013]
ISBN: 9780307907769
0307907767
Branch Call Number: FIC WYLD
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm

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Elliecat
Jun 02, 2017

I still don't know who/what was killing the sheep!! There was no ending.

January 2016 @ Jimboomba

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empbee
Mar 06, 2016

A very good book, written in alternating chapters going back in the story of the young woman. The sheep farming is described in a simple and interesting. The story winds with mysterious characters and environment. I hope that more good books will come from Evie Wyld.

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uncommonreader
Dec 08, 2015

Miles Franklin winner. The structure of this novel is interesting. In alternating chapters, Jake's past is revealed in reverse order while her present is a straightforward narrative. It is quite well done. Wyld takes on Australian misogamy and in the end, it is a story of hard won redemption.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
OK. I have to admit that a novel about a sheep farmer living on a bleak island off the coast of England doesn’t sound like a page turner. But what if I tell you that someone (or something) is gruesomely killing her sheep? And aren’t you curious as to why her back is horribly scarred? Wyld has written an eerie, intense novel that will draw you in and keep you riveted until everything is revealed.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
OK. I have to admit that a novel about a sheep farmer living on a bleak island off the coast of England doesn’t sound like a page turner. But what if I tell you that someone (or something) is gruesomely killing her sheep? And aren’t you curious as to why her back is horribly scarred? Wyld has written an eerie, intense novel that will draw you in and keep you riveted until everything is revealed.
- Wayne Roylance

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