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Birds in Fall: A Novel by Brad Kessler
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Birds in Fall: A Novel

by Brad Kessler

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Fictional story of the airplane crash at Peggy's Cover, NS. Didn't really do it for me. Read at the urging of friends. ( )
  mysterymax | Nov 15, 2016 |
One of my all time favorite books. Beautifully written. ( )
  EllenMeeropol | Apr 7, 2013 |
Starts with a plane crash and centers around the survivors' coping mechanisms for loss. The main character researches bird migration. ( )
  danawl | Apr 7, 2012 |
I had a hard time reading this book. I was expecting something different, not so depressing, almost too real to be an interesting story. Just people that passed in the night under tragic cirumstances. Nothing to look forward to, just depressing. ( )
  tippygirl | Feb 24, 2012 |
A very interesting book that brings you in almost immediately. A horrific plane crash is witnessed by a gentleman who runs an Inn. As the families gather at the ocean to learn of survivors they soon realize there are none. The innkeeper opens his inn for the families of the victims to find closure after this tragedy. The personal lives of the families begin to weave through each other's emotions, forming bonds and healing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will probably be one that I will read again. The author did a wonderful job of describing the area, made you feel you were right there with the characters. ( )
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One fall night, an innkeeper on a remote island in Nova Scotia watches an airplane plummet to the sea. As the search for survivors envelops the island, the mourning families gather at the inn, waiting for news of those they have lost. Here among strangers, they form an unusual community, struggling for comfort and consolation. A Taiwanese couple sets out fruit for their daughter's ghost. A Bulgarian man plays piano in the dark, sending the music to his lost wife. Two Dutch teenagers rage against their parents' death. An Iranian exile, mourning his niece, recites the Persian tales that carry the wisdom of centuries. At the center of this striking novel is Ana Gathreaux, an ornithologist who specializes in bird migration, and whose husband perished on the flight.

What unfolds is the story of how these families unite and disperse in the wake of the tragedy, and how their interweaving lives are ultimately transformed. Brad Kessler's knowledge of the natural world, music, and myth enriches every page.

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"One fall night off the coast of a remote island in Nova Scotia, an airplane plummets to the sea as an innkeeper watches from the shore. Miles away in New York City, ornithologist Ana Gathreaux works in a darkened room full of sparrows, testing their migratory instincts. Soon, Ana will be bound for Trachis Island, along with other relatives of victims who converge on the site of the tragedy." "As the search for survivors envelops the island, the mourning families gather at the inn, waiting for news of those they have lost. Here among strangers, and watched over by innkeeper Kevin Gearns, they form an unusual community, struggling for comfort and consolation. A Taiwanese couple sets out fruit for their daughter's ghost. A Bulgarian man plays piano in the dark, sending the music to his lost wife, a cellist. Two Dutch teenagers, a brother and sister, rage against their parents' death. An Iranian exile, mourning his niece, recites the Persian tales that carry the wisdom of centuries." "At the center of Birds in Fall lies Ana Gathreaux, whose story Brad Kessler tells with deep compassion: from her days in the field with her husband, observing and banding migratory birds, to her enduring grief and gradual reengagement with life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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