The Wild Birds

The Wild Birds[Ebook] ➣ The Wild Birds By Emily Strelow – Bluevapours.co.uk Cast adrift in s San Francisco after the death of her mother, a girl named Olive disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper’s assistant on the Farallon Islands to escape the dangers Cast adrift in s San Francisco after the death of her mother, a girl named Olive disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper’s The Wild MOBI :✓ assistant on the Farallon Islands to escape the dangers of a world unkind to young women In , nomad Victor scours the Sierras searching for refuge from a home to which he never belonged And in the present day, precocious fifteen yearold Lily struggles, despite her willfulness, to find a place for herself amongst the small town attitudes of Burning Hills, Oregon Living alone with her hardscrabble mother Alice doesn’t help—though their unique relationship to the natural world ties them together, Alice keeps an awful secret from her daughter, one that threatens to ignite the tension growing between themEmily Strelow's mesmerizing debut stitches together a sprawling saga of the feral Northwest across farmlands and deserts and generations: an American mosaic alive with birdsong and gunsmoke, held together by a silver box of eggshells—a longago gift from a mother to her daughter Written with grace, grit, and an acute knowledge of how the past insists upon itself, The Wild Birds is a radiant and human story about the shelters we find and make along our crooked paths home.

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  • Hardcover
  • 248 pages
  • The Wild Birds
  • Emily Strelow
  • English
  • 20 October 2017
  • 9781945572753

10 thoughts on “The Wild Birds

  1. Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews) says:

    This novel is a collection of stories that are all connected by a silver box that holds egg shells from birds. The box is held by many people during its’ century-long journey. One holder is Olive who was given the box in 1870 while her mother was ill. After her death, she travels to San Francisco to live with her aunt. When she arrives her aunt can't be found and she needs to raise funds to live. She disguises herself as a boy for safety and to avoid undesirable choices for young women. She soon finds work as a male at a lighthouse on the Farallon Islands.

    A central part of the series takes place in modern times and details the complex mother-daughter relationship between Lily and Alice. Lily is fifteen and is upset that her mother will not disclose information about her biological father despite her constant pleading. At the same time, Lily grows tired of her mother's bad choice of boyfriends and resents her constant drinking. To avoid the fighting she decides to break away from her mother for a few months. Alice continues to move through various relationships until one of her friends gifts her a beautiful silver box.

    The Wild Birds weaves together various characters and stories over time. They are all interesting and it's fun to watch the connections evolve. This beautifully written novel is a debut by Emily Strelow and I look forward to more works from this author.

  2. Jennifer Haupt says:

    The premise for this story set my imagination reeling even before reading it: mystery and intrigue, a mother and daughter tied together through their relationship with the natural world, a secret that tears them apart. What’s not to love?

    This debut novel that spans the landscapes of the northwest in the 1870s and generations of a family struggling to find where they belong is both a page-turner and an evocative meditation on relationships. At it’s core, it’s about how to find one’s home in the world and in yourself.

  3. Amy Doan says:

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance e-galley of The Wild Birds.

    From the first paragraph of this confident, spellbinding novel—which opens from the point of view of a soaring hawk—I felt I was in good hands. The Wild Birds did not disappoint.

    Strelow's large cast of characters is separated by decades: a mother and daughter in present-day Oregon, a girl disguising herself as a boy, As You Like It-style, in a 19th-century Farallon Islands lighthouse, a mysterious man in the WWII-era Sierra Nevada mountains. Like the hawk in the opening lines, they are all hunting, and inextricably bound to the natural world (and each other). I especially enjoyed the relationship between young Lily and her secretive mother, Alice. Alice is both tender and exasperating; to say more would rob the reader of one of the book's many pleasures.

    Strelow's intimate nature prose reminded me at times of the late, beloved Brian Doyle, another writer who managed to perfectly capture the glistening beauty of the Northwest.

    An unforgettable debut.

  4. YZ says:

    A deep, delicious dip into the untamed world and the lives of those who love it. The Wild Birds refer to the avian creatures that have been the symbols of freedom to humans for so long, but it can also be read as a tribute to myriad characters who find epiphany in their natural landscapes. This book is a love song, tender and fierce all at once.

  5. Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed by Julie on www.whisperingstories.com

    ‘The Wild Birds’ is the debut novel by American author, Emily Strelow. The book comprises three diverse stories, delivered in interspersed chapters, spanning over a century and loosely bound together by the acquisition of a silver box of eggshells. Each story is written in the third person from the perspectives of several of the main characters.

    The author has taken great care to set her scenes. She has a real affinity with flora, fauna and the environment; such that I almost felt like I should be listening to Ralph Vaughan Williams in the background as I read about the Northern Harrier hanging in the air over a thin patchwork of forest.

    Through imagery and symbolism, I was taken on a colourful journey from the small town of Burning Woods in the northwest coastal state of Oregon down through the Farallon Islands, to the arid Mojave Desert in California and on to the Sonoran Desert, spanning parts of California, Arizona and Mexico.

    I very much liked the story of Olive, set in the 1870s. The descriptive passages were very vivid and the idea of a sixteen year old girl passing herself off as a boy really grabbed my imagination. The pathos of Olive’s story is fascinating and I would have been happy if the whole book had been devoted to exploring her life in more depth.

    The contemporary family dynamic between Alice and Lily can be understood when the reader is taken into Alice’s confidence regarding Lily’s natural father. Undoubtedly much of Alice’s adult life and the choices she makes have been shaped by events from her past. The relationship between mother and daughter is tense at times with unpalatable truths bubbling just beneath the surface.

    The author’s message is clearly one of survival – protecting nature and protecting loved ones. She also explores complex human emotions and interactions as each of her multi-layered stories develop.

    The three tales are well researched and thoughtfully written with the hardback being beautifully packaged. The title is very poignant and there are aspects of the book that I enjoyed. The division between dialogue and description could have been better balanced and I also wonder if the connection between the three stories is rather tenuous. Nonetheless, if you appreciate a gentle read, you will undoubtedly enjoy it. Objectively, I award ‘The Wild Birds’ four stars.

  6. Carrie C says:

    Historical fiction plus nature (and a lighthouse!) -- yes please!

  7. Celia says:

    ***This review is a work in progress.

    Thank you, first, to Suzanne Leopold, who had two copies of this book to offer. I was lucky enough to be one of the readers selected.

    What a wonderful book. I loved every word. The symbolism of the wild birds is haunting.

    There are five characters to discuss.. all of them complex and worth understanding. This book is about connectivity, after all. When completed, this review will show that connectivity, without spoilers. That is my challenge right now... doing this book justice without spoiling the read for anybody.

    5 stars, recommended to all

  8. Suanne says:

    Emily Strelow’s novel The Wild Birds is an mesmerizing debut. She deftly weaves a diverse cast of characters and three time frames into a cohesive whole, a mosaic glittering in the sunlight. Olive, an orphan who disguises herself as a boy and becomes a lighthouse keeper’s assistant on the Farallon Islands in the 1870s. Victor, the runaway son of a wealthy parents, searches for a place in which he can find himself and to call home in the 1940s. Finally, in the present day, Alice and Lily, a mother and daughter are tied by their unique relationship to each other and to the family’s filbert farm. Alice loves Sal, another woman, and eventually leaves her daughter to find her true love.
    Tying all these lives together is a lovely spandrel—a silver box with partitions to hold egg shells.
    With some of the best nature prose I’ve read, Strelow reveals the intimacy and the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest, an experience akin to being in an Ansel Adams landscape. There is an underlying thread of abuse of the land bringing to mind an understated Rachel Carson. Her knowledge and love of birding is apparent and her ability to transport readers to forests and deserts is unparalleled.
    The Wild Birds is one of the few books I’ve read recently that I was sorry to see end. Strelow’s characterization of her sundry characters is spot on, from an unborn child to tormented teens to an elderly man with dementia; each searches for the home—or in Alice’s case, the person—that will complete them. The Wild Birds illuminates the human spirit and reveals the long and sometimes twisted roads we take to find ourselves, our families, and our homes.

  9. Elena Mikalsen says:

    Three timelines expertly told in the setting of the Pacific Northwest with gorgeous descriptions of nature and birds. I was drawn in from the first paragraph and never set the book down until I finished, with great regret. I only wish I could write nature with such talent and passion. Reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver. As I finished the book, I immediately began to plan my trip to the Pacific Northwest.

  10. Jeana says:

    If you’ve ever been to Oregon, you know there’s a certain type of vibe or free-ness. It thrives on its beautiful nature and wildlife. This book reads like a visit to Oregon and follows a crystal container holding an assortment of hollowed eggs as it passes through the hands of people starting in the late 1800s to the 1990s. I learned a bit about the history of Oregon and enjoyed the ride.

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