Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book.
With all the wonder of a small-scale The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay comes this moving and unforgettable novel about childhood, love, and magic.
Growing up in a Jewish neighbourhood in the 1930s, young Benjamin Kleeman falls in love, first with Corrine Foster and then with magic. Hiding his new passions from his parents — the long-suffering Bella, an Italian immigrant, and Jacob, a talented but failed inventor of elaborate mechanical devices — Benjamin begins apprenticeships in magic and life itself, learning along the way that everything is more complicated than it seems.
With wit, tenderness, humour, and, startling beauty, Cary Fagan brings a gifted young man’s rise to a peculiar kind of stardom, wonderfully alive.
...small, yet incrediby rich...
Fagan's writing style, coupled with his familiar yet refreshing characters, makes the novel one where the pages get turned faster and faster as the reader gets more interested in what happens next.
A slim volume of great beauty, memorable and filled with truth. Cary Fagan has managed to make Toronto seem magical.
Fagan's book is a tiny gem, entertaining, funny and scrumptiously written.
In A Bird's Eye, Fagan's complementary talents for literary intent and straightforward reader appeal are deftly combined.
...A Bird’s Eye, with its trim and finely balanced prose, diverse mix of ethnic characters, fine sense of place and storyline that glides along as smoothly as a bird in flight, ranks as perhaps [Fagan's] finest book yet.
Fagan captures the long days and delight of youth...A Bird’s Eye consumed me like a memory, warm and sweet and sad. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was magic.
Cary Fagan is the first author to portray so masterfully that inherent in [Kensington Market]... is pure and utter magic.
This minimalist novel from the iconic Cary Fagan demonstrates the author's talent for making every word count. Like a poet, he curates white space, the silences between words, every fleck of punctuation.