Synopses & Reviews
From the moment that he looks down on the ancient gray head of Noah, who is swinging his stone axe, the narrating crow in this unique and remarkable epic knows that these creators called Man are trouble. He senses, too, that the natural order of things is about to change.
At a time when so many of us are searching for meaning, Layne Maheu’s debut novel lingers in a masterfully rendered ancient world just long enough to ponder our fears of disaster and to watch as humanity struggles to survive, to understand, and finally to prevail.
Recalling both the magical imagination of Richard Adams’s Watership Down and the spiritual richness of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Song of the Crow is a soaring debut.
"This debut novel is an enchanting account of the natural history of a crow named 'I AM' and his observations on a peculiar mammal called Keeyaw, especially one named Noah, who is intent on cutting down tall trees where the crows nest to build an ark....After reading this remarkable book, you will marvel at every crow you see along the side of the road and maybe even begin to listen to their songs." Library Journal
"In a surprising take on the tale of Noah’s ark and the flood, Maheu’s beguiling debut unfolds from the perspective of a crow....Maheu’s fable works beautifully, probing the relationship between creatures of the heavens and those of the underworld." Publishers Weekly
"[A] wonder of lyricism mixed with dozens of passages of crow and raven lore. But although he is a lyrical writer, he is also a realistic one, especially when it comes to what life on the ark must have been like." New Century Reading
About the Author
Layne Maheu lives with his son in Seattle, where he works as a carpenter. His short stories have appeared in the Other Voices, Northwest Review, Ascent, and others. Song of the Crow is his first novel.