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Birdie Hardcover – May 26 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 26 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554682940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554682942
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a haunting novel that really left me feeling worried about the well-being of the main character. It is brilliantly written in a subversive form. The novel insinuates: neglect, abuse, dysfunction, child rape, psychological abandonment, substance abuse, homelessness, foster care, promiscuity, pathological disorder, maladaptive behavior, murder, institutionalization, dysfunction, self-abandonment, depression,eating disorders, love, family, food, recovery and resurrection. If you listen really carefully, there are even faint whispers about the murdered and missing women in Canada. Yet you will never see these words appear in Lindberg's excellent portrayal of Birdie's plight. I hardly found anything "comedic" or "humorous" about this story. It is simultaneously devastating and hopeful. I read it as part of the 2016 Canada Reads event, and I am profoundly moved by it. I can't stop thinking about Bernice.This is no easy tale to tell, but Lindberg will awaken your empathy and compassion for Bernice Meetoos on a grand scale if you have the pluck and the courage to stick with the story.
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This book was excellent...I would recommend it to anyone, especially those wanting to understand the plight of the aboriginals in Canada. A modern day story of one who could have gone "missing." Thank you Tracey.
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I found this title quite dark and difficult to read. It was challenging to engage with the main character but addressed some challenging and relevant issues. I didn't love reading this book but it was indeed thought provoking.
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By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 10 2016
Format: Hardcover
Birdie is one of those people who fell through the cracks even when everything was done right. It didn't help that she felt she didn't deserve the good that happened in her life.

She is a likable character that I quickly found myself caring for. I wanted her to succeed.

She had three good women in her camp, as well as her mother and grandmother during her younger years. Her aunt Val, her cousin Freda and her employer Lola. They each loved her for their own reasons, yet only Val understood where Birdie was at and what internal road she was travelling. It wasn't a spirit quest, but rather a dream quest.

At the beginning of the book, I couldn't follow what was happening, sort of like the confusion that Birdie was feeling in her life. Within a few chapters, I was so wrapped up in the telling that I was weeping. I can't pinpoint one particular reason for the tears, rather it was the accumulation of all she had been going through. The story wasn't all gloomy by any means. The references to the long running television show The Beachcombers brought found memories to mind and made me smile along with Birdie.

I thank author Tracey Lindberg for inviting me into these women's complex lives. Each of the was on a journey and they needed Birdie to help them move along to their next stage, just as she needed them to care for her physical body while she tended to her spiritual one. This is a moving debut novel and hints at wonderful literary future for Ms. Lindberg.
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After a friend's glowing recommendation of the book "Birdie", I wanted to love it. The story follows Birdie, an aboriginal woman whose life has been full of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and poverty. Strong imagery, dream sequences and touching descriptions make this book very thought provoking. I found I was confused at times about what time period Birdie was referring to. What I found missing was a plot. The book is a reflection on the main character's life which made it a challenge for me to read.
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Beautifully created. I love the voice and style of this text. These are strong female characters building their lives and finding peace and harmony with themselves and each other.
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"This book is meant to free, not to capture, a life," author Tracy Lindberg writes in her acknowledgements. That one-sentence explanation helped me make a lot more sense of the story.

I would call this a complicated novel, not just because of its subject matter (abuse, mental illness, fractured families, lack of belonging), but because of its style. Part poem, part transcribed oral text, part dream sequence, intermixed with stream-of-consciousness memories/visions, I found the storyline fascinating but confusing to navigate. Despite that, it's worth wading into.

I'll be rooting for this book in next week's Canada Reads competition.
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Beautifully told story about a difficult subject! Definitely looking for more from this author!
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