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And the Birds Rained Down

by Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins

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publisher: Coach House Books
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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 is the author of several novels and the recip­ient of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Ringuet de l’Académie des lettres du Québec. She was born in New Brunswick and now resides in Abitibi, Quebec.

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Rhonda Mullins is a translator, writer and editor. She translated Jocelyne Saucier’s Jeanne’s Road and And the Birds Rained Down, for which she was shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, her second such nomination. Mullins lives in Montreal.

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Awards
  • Short-listed, CBC Canada Reads
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English Translation
  • , Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie
Editorial Review

'With Il pleuvait de oiseaux, the author has excelled. Brilliant! And what humanity! Jocelyn Saucier is a magician of the soul.' — Le Devoir

 

'Nostalgic and beautifully grotesque, this novel is delightfully baroque and, although short, so striking it simply will never leave you.' — The Coast

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