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Birdie Hardcover – May 26 2015
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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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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Book arrived quickly and in good condition. As advertised. Very happy. Thanks for a good buy!!Published 12 days ago by Patricia Reed
a deeply personal story....maybe one that
would be difficult to understand for some...
I found the story hard to follow. I liked the characters, but didn't find I got to know the main character so well.Published 3 months ago by Tammy McLeod
If there was a way to vote in the negatives; I'd give this book a -1.Published 3 months ago by monique rouleau
Boring and reapetative- I made through 60% of this book before quitting in disgust
How could this book be picked by Canada Reads
I wanted to like this story, but it took such a while to get into it. Confusion between characters and their development was my main issue.Published 3 months ago by xxx