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Birdie

by Tracey Lindberg

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list price: $22.99
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category: Fiction
published: Feb 2016
ISBN:9781443451352
publisher: HarperCollins
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Bernice Meetoos will not be broken.

A big, beautiful Cree woman with a dark secret in her past, Bernice (”Birdie”) has left her home in northern Alberta to travel to Gibsons, B.C. She is on something of a vision quest, looking for family, for home, for understanding. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns--Jesse from The Beachcombers--because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Birdie heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers, but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Birdie begins to draw from her dreams the lessons she was never fully taught in life. Informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions, Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from tragedy. At heart, it is the story of an extraordinary woman who travels to the deepest part of herself to find the strength to face the past and to build a new life.

About the Author

Tracey Lindberg

TRACEY LINDBERG is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is an award-winning writer for her academic work and teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous laws at two universities in Canada. She sings the blues loudly, talks quietly and is next in a long line of argumentative Cree women. Birdie, her first novel, was one of Apple’s Best Books for June, and earned Tracey a spot on CBC’s list of “Writers to Watch.”

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Awards
  • , CBC Canada Reads
  • , OLA Evergreen Award
  • , KOBO Emerging Writer Prize
Editorial Reviews

International DUBLIN Literary Award longlist

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Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction finalist

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

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2016 Canada Reads finalist

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Kobo Emerging Writer Award finalist

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I cried over this story about a young Cree girl, growing up on a northern Alberta reserve, who finds herself as an adult choosing whether or not to survive her childhood. I was afraid it would be too harrowing - the horror of sexual assault - but it wasn't at all. Emotionally engaging, beautifully written (& told in a non-linear story-telling way with dreams, parables) it is uplifting and reflective about the power of life and love, and ultimately redemptive. It was a top choice of Canada Reads 2016 and is a book every Canadian should read.

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