by Nate Ashley, August 10, 2009 10:30 AM
Considered to be Kosinski's finest work, The Painted Bird is touching, unflinching, and unforgettable. The story follows a boy, abandoned by his parents, as he journeys across Eastern Europe during WWII, struggling to survive. Although the author claimed that this novel is not autobiographical, much of his childhood can be traced to the same locations and circumstances experienced by the main character. Not for the faint of heart.