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Fiction Literary

And the Birds Rained Down

by (author) Jocelyne Saucier

translated by Rhonda Mullins

Publisher
Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
Category
Literary, Psychological, Contemporary Women
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552452684
    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
    List Price
    $18.95
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781522699880
    Publish Date
    Aug 2016
    List Price
    $14.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770563339
    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
    List Price
    $11.95
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781978644915
    Publish Date
    Jun 2019
    List Price
    $29.99

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Description

A CBC Canada Reads 2015 Selection! Finalist for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English Translation Deep in a Northern Ontario forest live Tom and Charlie, two octogenarians determined to live out the rest of their lives on their own terms: free of all ties and responsibilities, their only connection to civilization two pot farmers who bring them whatever they can't eke out for themselves. But their solitude is disrupted by the arrival of two women. The first is a photographer searching for survivors of a series of catastrophic fires nearly a century earlier; the second is an elderly escapee from a psychiatric institution. The little hideaway in the woods will never be the same. Originally published in French, And the Birds Rained Down, the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, is a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.

About the authors

Jocelyne Saucier was born in New Brunswick and lives in Abitibi, Québec. Two of her previous novels, La vie comme une image (House of Sighs) and Jeanne sur les routes (Jeanne’s Road) were finalists for the Governor General’s Award. Il pleuvait des oiseaux (And the Birds Rained Down) garnered her the Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie, making her the first Canadian to win the award. The book was a CBC Canada Reads Selection in 2015.

Jocelyne Saucier's profile page

Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montréal. She received the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Twenty-One Cardinals, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Les héritiers de la mine. And the Birds Rained Down, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier’s Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a CBC Canada Reads Selection. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as were her translations of Élise Turcotte’s Guyana and Hervé Fischer’s The Decline of the Hollywood Empire.

Rhonda Mullins' profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, CBC Canada Reads
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English Translation

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