Nine Birds Singing
by Edythe Anstey Hanen
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
New Arcadia Publishing
Paperback; 276 Pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Maddie is a writer of local history but wants to use her words to unlock the hidden truths that lay just below the surface of her life. But itís magnetic words on a refrigerator door ñ Have dreams. Must travel ñ that push Maddie into the journey she must take: the search for what she has yearned for all her life: independence and freedom from the abusive fanaticism of her parentsí religious beliefs. From Vancouver in the sixties to present day Mexico and a small island on the Canadian west coast, Nine Birds Singing is a love affair with words. It weaves through past glories and youthful hubris in a search for understanding and acceptance. Profound friendship, skewed love and loss all play a role in Maddieís search for redemption.
Where will you spend eternity?
When I was given the synopsis for this book, I was excited. The novel follows Maddie on the road to be freed from her fanatical parents. The story is set in Vancouver in the sixties. For me, this book was an emotional, yet beautifully written book. Through Maddie’s flawed relationships in both love and friendships, her journey to search for meaning left me speechless. Hanen wove words together like a master and I was gripped from beginning to end.
This is one of those books that took me on an emotional journey and it’s been so difficult finding the words to articulate it. It is a book that you just need to read to see for yourself! I loved this book so much and felt so connected to Maddie’s character. It’s definitely probably one of my favorites of the year!
Praise for Nine Birds Singing
“In Nine Birds Singing, Edyth Anstey Hanenís appealing narrator Maddie recalls and examines her own search for independence from her parentsí restrictive values. The writer and Maddie, together, gather the reader in to share an intimate, wise, and moving tale.” -Jack Hodgins, Author of Spit Delaneyís Island
“Nine Birds Singing is a finely written book, lovingly crafted, poignant and perceptive. A tale of gradual self-understanding, awakening and ultimate release.” -Nick Bantock, Author of the The Griffin and Sabine Trilogy
“If, like me, you despair for the collapse of the English language take comfort. In Nine Birds Singing you will discover a veritable Aladdinís Cave of delights. Edythe Anstey Hanen not only uses the basic blocks of language, words, to propel her characters and her story, each word has been selected with meticulous care with attention to its meaning and its ability to resonate. The work is a symphony for the logophile. Donít miss it.” -Patrick Taylor. USA Today, New York Times and Globe and Mail best-selling author of the Irish Country Doctor series
“Readers will enjoy the unique views and poetic pacing of Nine Birds Singing by Edythe Anstey Hanen. She savours and survives landscapes and relationships in teasing but tasty quick episodes. Her novel takes readers via circular time travelling through decades of Mattieís life in Canada and Mexico. Enjoy this new voice!” -Bernice Lever, Small Acts, Black Moss Press, 2016
About the Author
Edythe Anstey Hanen has published prize-winning short stories and poetry in literary magazines including Room Magazine and anthologies across Canada, in addition to articles in the Globe & Mail, National Post and the Hamilton Bay Observer and is a regular contributor to Mexconnect, an online travel magazine. She lives on Bowen Island in British Columbia, Canada, where for many years she was the editor of the Bowen Island Undercurrent.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, May 17
Review at Peppermint Ph.D.
Monday, May 21
Review at Books and Glamour
Wednesday, May 23
Feature at A Holland Reads
Friday, May 25
Excerpt at Teaser Addicts Book Blog
Tuesday, May 29
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog
Friday, June 1
Interview at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, June 6
Review at SJ2B House of Books
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