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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.

Kessler's knowledge of the natural world, music, and myth enriches every page of this hauntingly beautiful and moving novel about solitude, love, losing your way, and finding something like home.

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"A dramatic and strikingly poetic novel of nature's glory and humankind's imagination." Chicago Tribune

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"Exquisite and erudite...a luminous tribute to Kessler's abiding and respectful faith in the power of storytelling." Los Angeles Times

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"Some books get better with rereading. Brad Kessler's lyrical Birds in Fall is one of them. Birds in flight and humans in free fall are this novel's engines of grace." O, The Oprah Magazine

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"A tender, contemplative, lyrical novel." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Migratory birds flutter through Brad Kessler's elegant new novel, an avian metaphor for the strength of the human spirit." The Economist

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"[A] luminous tribute to Kessler's abiding and respectful faith in the power of storytelling." Los Angeles Times

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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.

About the Author

Kessler is a journalist and fiction writer.

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Krista Smith-Moroziuk, June 12, 2009 (view all comments by Krista Smith-Moroziuk)
This book flows like poetry. The topic is very depressing but you are left with the feeling of hope. The characters come alive under Brad Kessler's pen. A book worth reading.
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bn, February 20, 2007 (view all comments by bn)
In the aftermath of a plane crash off the Nova Scotia coast, the victims' next of kin congregate near the site to honor their dead and accept their incomprehensible loss. They find shelter at a B&B run by a gay couple who witnessed the crash and are doing what they can to help the mourners. While this may sound grim, the novel is truly beautiful in tone, sustained metaphor, compassion, and it is hopeful. The main characters are lovingly drawn with a wonderful eye for detail. The way survivors as well as B&B hosts deal with the grief and are changed by the events shows their collective grace & humanity. Into all this, Kessler has managed to weave a great amount of detail on seasonal bird migration. The ornithological detail forms a tale removed from but coexisting with our individualized suffering. Highly recommend it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743287395
Author:
Kessler, Brad
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 256 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743287395 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A dramatic and strikingly poetic novel of nature's glory and humankind's imagination."
"Review" by , "Exquisite and erudite...a luminous tribute to Kessler's abiding and respectful faith in the power of storytelling."
"Review" by , "Some books get better with rereading. Brad Kessler's lyrical Birds in Fall is one of them. Birds in flight and humans in free fall are this novel's engines of grace."
"Review" by , "A tender, contemplative, lyrical novel."
"Review" by , "Migratory birds flutter through Brad Kessler's elegant new novel, an avian metaphor for the strength of the human spirit."
"Review" by , "[A] luminous tribute to Kessler's abiding and respectful faith in the power of storytelling."
"Synopsis" by , 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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