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published: April 2018
ISBN:9781501182808
publisher: Simon & Schuster

When We Were Birds

Stories

by Maria Mutch

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list price: $11.19 USD
edition:eBook
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category: Fiction
published: April 2018
ISBN:9781501182808
publisher: Simon & Schuster
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From Governor General’s Literary Awards finalist Maria Mutch comes a startlingly inventive debut collection that recalls the works of Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, Karen Russell, and Heather O’Neill.

Wolves talk, notes magically appear on a woman’s skin, Red Riding Hood concocts a clever escape, a peregrine turns into a woman with strange compulsions, and Glenn Gould reemerges into the world as a bird trapped by curious onlookers.

Speaking in the irresistible language of fable, and eroticism, these deliciously dark and evocative stories masterfully navigate the space where perception and reality blur.

Punctuated with photographs by the author and exquisite drawings from an 1884 book entitled Practical Taxidermy, When We Were Birds is an unforgettably intoxicating assemblage of stories from a gifted writer that will surprise and delight any reader—leaving them craving more.

About the Author
Maria Mutch is a Canadian writer whose memoir, Know the Night, was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Literary Awards and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and was listed in The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 and MacLean’s Best Reads. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Malahat Review, and Poets & Writers. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons. Visit her at www.mariamutch.com or follow her on Twitter @maria_mutch.
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Editorial Reviews

"Superb writing and linguistic flair."
 

— Psychology Today

"Wise . . . a compassionate picture."
 

— Publishers Weekly

"An exhibition of literary eloquence, a tale set in darkness, but filled with light, and a moving debut memoir about maternal love—its beauty and strength, its complications and contradictions, and most importantly, its boundlessness."

— Bustle

"An impressive debut for author Maria Mutch, whose literary memoir maintains that magical balance between lyricism and realism. . . . Very universal and lovely, and utterly worth the read."
 

— The Masters Review

“Mutch’s prose is electric.”

— National Post

Know the Night appears like an aurora borealis in the book firmament.”

— Halifax Chronicle Herald

"A beautiful, singular book, one that someone who’s planning, say, a prolonged stay in a godforsaken place might consider bringing along so they don’t feel quite so alone."

— The Globe and Mail

“One of the most idiosyncratic memoirs I’ve ever read. . . . Superb writing and linguistic flair.”

— Psychology Today

"Intriguing, intelligent, and unsettling in all the best ways, this dazzling debut collection is unlike anything you’ve read before. I wish I’d written this book!"

— Diane Schoemperlen, author of This Is Not My Life

Praise for When We Were Birds

“Promises to bring to mind fable, romance, eroticism and a touch of magical realism—yes please!”

 

— Alexandra Donaldson, Canadian Living

"[A] poetic, elegant, and intense account.”

— Booklist

"[A] hopeful story . . . absorbing and creatively rendered.”
 

— Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Know the Night

“You’ll be rewarded with the sense that the self is a miraculous catastrophe. . . . [Know the Night is] riveting, breathtaking.”

— Flare

There are moments of heartrending grief, such as when Gabriel says his last words . . . but it's Mutch herself, revealing her struggle to survive as a person, that leaves you astonished.”

 

— Oprah.com

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